Lyndonville, VT - The Northern Vermont University-Lyndon men's soccer team opened North Atlantic Conference play on a beautiful Homecoming & Family Weekend afternoon on Saturday. Unfortunately for the Hornets, they were unable to generate any offense, and fell to SUNY Canton by a 3-0 score. The Hornets fall to 0-6-1 on the season, while the Roos improve to 3-3-2 overall and 1-1-0 in NAC play.
The Roos got on the scoreboard in the 12th minute when Shayne O'Neill headed a cross from Brandon McCorriston past Hornet goalkeeper Caleb Derbyshire (Barton, VT) and into the upper left corner of the net. In the 35th minute, Lyndon was called for a foul in the box, and Canton's Ellis Sanchez converted the penalty kick to extend the lead to 2-0. That's where things stayed until halftime.
Canton dominated play in the second half, outshooting the Hornets 19-0. They were able to tack on an insurance goal in the 79th minute when McCorriston headed a long ball from John Gonzalez past Derbyshire.
For the game, the Roos outshot the Hornets, 31-2, and held a 9-1 advantage in corner kicks. Derbyshire made 14 saves in the Lyndon goal, while Canton's starting keeper, Tyler Peterson, was only called upon to make a single save. Dawson Pellerin relieved Peterson in the 63rd minute and wasn't called on to make a stop in preserving the clean sheet.
The Hornets will go on the road for the first time next Saturday when they travel to the University of Maine at Presque Isle for another North Atlantic Conference contest. Kickoff is set for 12:00 noon.