WALTHAM, Mass. --- First-half goals by sophomores Richard Gordon (Lenzie, Scotland) and Chris Schwarz (Babenhausen, Germany) propelled 13th-ranked (Division II) Franklin Pierce to a 2-1 win over host Bentley College in Northeast-10 Conference men's soccer Wednesday night.

The Ravens improved to 6-2 overall and 3-1 in the conference while Bentley, whose modest two-game win streak was snapped, dipped back to .500, 4-4 overall and 3-3 NE-10.

Gordon netted the game's first goal, an brilliant unassisted tally from 40 yards out in the 29th minute. A little more than seven minutes after Gordon's third of the season, Schwarz scored his fourth to give Franklin Pierce a 2-0 lead.

Bentley, which was out-shot 14-9, cut the margin in half just 55 seconds into the second half when sophomoreRyan Ackerman (North Haverhill, N.H./Woodsville HS) scored his seventh of the year off an assist from freshman Adam Hughes (Bedford, N.H./Trinity HS).

Senior Robert Scholz (Schenectady, N.Y.) earned the victory in goal for the Ravens, making four saves. Matt Parsons (Exeter, N.H./Exeter HS), the reigning NE-10 Freshman of the Week, had five stops for Bentley.

Bentley travels to Albany, N.Y. on Saturday to meet another one of the NE-10's expansion teams, the College of Saint Rose, in a 1 p.m. contest.

Teams (Record) 1 2 OT OT Final
Franklin Pierce (6-2, 3-1) 2 0 - - 2
Bentley (4-4, 3-3) 0 1 - - 1

Scoring Summary

Team Period Scorer Assists Time
FP 1 Rich Gordon -- 28:35
FP 1 Chris Schwarz Felix Brillant 35:52
BC 2 Brian Ackerman Adam Hughes 45:52
FP: Rob Scholz, four saves, 90 Min.
BC: Matt Parsons, five saves, 90 Min.

Corner Kicks: Franklin Pierce 4, Bentley 0
Shots: Franklin Pierce 15, Bentley 9