WALTHAM, Mass. – Senior Sean Sullivan (Suffield, Conn./Suffield) scored in the 96th minute to give the Bentley men's soccer team a big 2-1 win over Saint Anselm on Tuesday to continue its push towards the NE10 playoffs.
The Falcons, who have now won four of their last five games, jump over AIC and into a tie for 7th place with Franklin Pierce with 14 points. AIC and Franklin Pierce play each other tomorrow in the second to last game of the season for both squads. The final day of the regular season across the NE10 is Friday.
Bentley will host Le Moyne, AIC visits Adelphi and Franklin Pierce hosts Stonehill.
Bentley dominated the Hawks for long stretches, especially in the 2nd half, yet found itself trailing 1-0 on a goal by Nick Heckt in the 52nd minute.
There were a number of good chances to tie, which included a shot by Sullivan that was saved by Hawks keeper Helio Neto in the 61st minute, and a shot by Julian Stewart (Acton, Mass./Acton-Boxboro) that hit the crossbar in the 64th minute.
Bentley though finally got the breakthrough in the 80th minute, with Stewart the goal scorer, set up by a nice cross by Chuck Leone (Rockville Centre, N.Y./Southside). Leone sent in a long cross from the right wing to the feet of Stewart, who juked around his defender and beat Neto to the far post with a shot from 12 yards for his 6th goal of the season.
The game pushed on into overtime, where Sullivan netted the winner 5:30 into the first overtime. The goal was started with a throw-in by Dan Anderson (Bedford, Mass./Bedford) from midfield, all the way to Stewart on the right wing. Stewart dribbled into the penalty area and fed a cross into the six yard box, that Sullivan got on the end of for the winning goal.
Bentley ended the day with a 16-1 edge in shots and 9-1 in corner kicks.
Friday's season finale vs. Le Moyne gets underway at 3:00 pm.