Lyndonville, VT - Hoping to keep their North Atlantic conference playoff hopes alive, the Lyndon State College men's soccer team welcomed New England College to Varsity Field on Sunday afternoon. Unfortunately for the home team, the Hornets fell to the Pilgrims, 5-0. The loss drops Lyndon to 5-5-1 overall and 1-5-1 in NAC play. The Pilgrims improve to 6-5-2 overall and 4-1-1 in conference.
Michael Skarbelis (North Andover, MA) got the Pilgrims on the board in the 20th minute, converting a feed from Sina Samali (North Andover, MA) for his 10th goal of the season. Samali made it 2-0 in the 29th minute when he stripped the ball from a Lyndon defender and beat goalkeeper Matt LaClair (Beekmantown, NY).
NEC controlled play to start the second half, and when Skarbelis finished another Samali feed in the 54th minute, the Pilgrims held a 3-0 lead. Cooper Valinski (Portsmouth, NH) then converted a free kick from just outside the box in the 72nd minute, and Raymond Sclafani (Hopewell Junction, NY) tacked on another score in the 81st minute to account for the final margin.
LaClair and Dominic Kane (Wareham, MA) had three saves each in net for Lyndon. NEC goalkeeper Robbie Ferguson (Hopkinton, NH) made two saves for the Pilgrims. NEC outshot the Hornets 17-1 in the second half and 27-5 for the contest.
Lyndon travels to Thomas College next Saturday for a 4:00 pm start. The next and final home contest of the season will be on Saturday, October 21st, against Johnson State College. NEC hosts Salem State University on Wednesday.