LYNDON CENTER, Vt. — Lyndon ran its record to 2-0 on the season with a 2-0 victory over the University of Maine at Presque Isle In the final round of the Lyndon Kick-Off Tournament Sunday afternoon.
The Hornets picked up where they left off in Saturday's 1-0 win over Southern Vermont, controlling the ball for most of the contest while creating several chances to score.
"I thought the kids played well," said Head Coach Pete Kellaway. "We moved the ball well and moved well collectively as a unit. I would have liked to see us finish off a few of those scoring opportunities early in the first half, so the game would not have been so close.
"When you don't connect on those early chances to score, it can come back to haunt you," he continued. "That has to do with a lack of confidence. When you start seven freshmen, they haven't had enough experience to finish those opportunities consistently."
Lyndon broke a scoreless tie at 35:53 mark of the opening half when Eric Nelson picked up a loose ball just inside the penalty box, shifted the ball to his left and buried a shot in to far right side of the net. Only the efforts of Owl goalkeeper Caleb Bragg-Grady, who made 10 saves in the contest, kept the game close.
Early in the second half, the Hornets upped their advantage to 2-0 as Paul Donais and Hunter Torrey combined to set up Dylan Cherko for his first collegiate goal. Torrey dropped a touch pass to Donais in the left corner of the field and he pushed a pass through to Cherko, who buried a shot into the far right corner of the UMPI net.
Lyndon maintained the lead for the remainder of the contest behind a solid defensive effort led by the backline of Nick Fahey, Youl Herjock and Nate Kolash. Matt LaClair, who started for the injured Jason Marks made three saves in the contest and combined with Ben Estes to record the shutout.
"What we showed today is that when we focus on the game plan, good things will happen," said Kellaway. "Again, if we can bring that blue-collar mindset to practice every day, I believe we can be very completive."
Lyndon outshot Presque Isle 23-7 and held a 12-5 advantage in corners kicks.
Lyndon (2-0) returns to action on Tuesday, Sept. 10 when it travels to Troy, N.Y. to battle Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute at 7 p.m.
Green knights slip past Mountaineers
LYNDON CENTER, Vt. — Vermont Tech earned its first win of the season Sunday with a slim 1-0 victory over Southern Vermont in the final round of the Lyndon Kick-Off Tournament.
Joaquin Currier-Cubero scored the game-winning goal at 27:15 of the first half off a pass from Yohan Avila from the right wing. Darian Calverley recorded his first win of the season in the Vermont Tech goal while his counterpart Cody Gross stopped eight shots in the loss.
The Green Knights held a 17-1 advantage in shots on goal and has three corner kicks to the Mountaineers two.
Vermont Tech (1-0-1) will face Southern Maine Community College on the road Friday at 4:30 p.m. while Southern Vermont will play host to the University of Maine at Fort Kent Saturday at noon.