Bennington, VT - For the second day in a row the Northern Vermont University-Lyndon men's soccer team found itself with a one-goal advantage at halftime. Unfortunately for the Hornets, for the second day in a row they weren't able to hold the lead, this time falling 5-3 to Northern Vermont University-Johnson in the consolation game of Southern Vermont University's LINAO Mountaineer Invitational. The Hornets are winless in foru games this season, while the Badgers improve to 3-1.
Lyndon's William Martin (Sherborn, MA) gave the Hornets the lead in the 11th minute, converting a feed from Ryan Paulino (Uxbridge, MA). After Johnson's Rob Buonanno tied things, Martin fired a shot into the upper left corner of the net to make it 2-1 Hornets 14:36 into the contest. Martin had a great opportunity to make it 3-1 late in the first half, but Johnson keeper Gerrit Lane denied hm with a diving stop.
Johnson's Tristan Salgado notched the equalizer in the 54th minute. Ten minutes later the Badgers took their first lead of the game when Daniel Ariola converted a cross from Jarod Croteau. Goals from Tyler Cirillo and Buonanno extended the Badgers to a three-goal advantage before Martin completed his hat trick and closed the scoring with an unassisted goal in the 75th minute.
The Badgers outshot the Hornets 26-8 on the afternoon. Lane made two saves in goal to pick up the win, while Lyndon keeper Dennis Farnham III (Orono, ME) made seven saves in taking the loss.
The Hornets will travel to Dean College for a 4:00 pm non-conference tilt on Wednesday. The home and North Atlantic Conference opener will be next Saturday when Thomas College comes to Varsity Field for a 3:30 pm kickoff.