Lyndonville, VT - Neither the Northern Vermont University-Lyndon men's soccer team nor the soggy turf on Varsity Field were able to slow down the NVU-Johnson Badgers on Wednesay afternoon as Johnson opened up a 5-0 lead on the way to a 6-2 North Atlantic Conference victory. Johnson improves to 7-4 overall and 2-2 in NAC play while Lyndon falls to 1-9 on the season and 1-3 in conference.
After an evenly played opening 25 minutes Johnson got on the board twice in succession. In the 26th minute Daniel Arriola was able to deposit Jarod Croteau's corner kick into the back side of the net to put the Badgers in front. A minute later Tristan Salgado headed in a long ball to make it 2-0. Johnson moved in front 3-0 in the 32nd minute when Rob Buonanno beat Hornet keeper Caleb Derbyshire (Barton, VT) from ten yards out. That score would stand into halftime.
In the 62nd minute Ariola deposited a shot into the upper left corner of the net to make it 4-0 Badgers. Less than four minutes later Croteau got behind the Lyndon defense and put a shot into the right corner of the net to increase the Johnson lead to 5-0.
The Hornets got on the board in the 66th minute when William Martin's (Sherborn, MA) pass slipped behind the Johnson defense and found Hunter Torrey (Newbury, VT), who beat Johnson keeper Ryan Willette. Torrey added another goal in the 76th minute when he took a ball from Mukhtar Abdullahi (Mogadishu, Somalia) and again beat Willette. Ariola picked up this third goal of the game when he picked up a long ball and poked it home to account for the final score.
Johnson outshot Lyndon 34-15 on the afternoon and held an 8-4 advantage in corner kicks. Derbyshire make 12 saves for Lyndon while starting Johnson keeper Gerrit Lane made four stops before being relieved by Willette.
With Wednesday's win, Johnson also clinched a point in the NVU President's Cup Challenge, the annual competition for athletic superiority between the two NVU campuses.
The Hornets will host Green Mountain College in a non-conference matchup on Saturday afternoon on Varsity Field. Kickoff is set for 2:30 pm. Saturday will also be Senior Day, as Lyndon will recognize its senior women's and men's soccer players.