#5 Men's Soccer Picks Up Seventh-Straight Win with 2-0 Triumph at Saint Rose

#5 Men's Soccer Picks Up Seventh-Straight Win with 2-0 Triumph at Saint Rose

Hay's second-half goal gives him four the season, which is tied for the team lead in tallies


ALBANY, N.Y. (October 9, 2010) -- The No. 5-nationally ranked Franklin Pierce University men's soccer team picked up its seventh-straight win on Saturday with a 2-0 triumph over Saint Rose in Albany, N.Y. The Ravens ran their record to 9-1 overall and 7-0 in the Northeast-10, while the Golden Knights fell to 1-9-1 and 0-8 in league play.

The Ravens got goals from graduate back Jeff Hay (Dudley, Mass.) and junior midfielder Diego Tabares (Seekonk, Mass.), as both tallies were assisted by junior midfielder Paul Latif (Newcastle, England).

Tabares got the scoring started in the 21st minute as he collected Latif's crossing pass from the right side, made one dribble to the left, and blasted a strike that beat Saint Rose goalkeeper Patrik Ohlsson. It was Tabares' third goal of the season as the tally gave him eight points for the year, which moved him into a tie for second on team in total points.

Hay's goal in the 70th minute, not only gave Franklin Pierce a 2-0 advantage, it also gave him four for the season which moved him into a three-way tie for the team lead in goals. Latif, one of the three players with four tallies this season, helped Hay move into the three-way tie as he sent a high pass towards the net, which allowed Hay to get a header on the ball that was lofted over the outstreched hands of Ohlsson. It was the second-straight match that Hay scored a goal, and the tally also gave him eight points for the year to move into a tie for second on the squad in total points.

Latif's two assists gave him 15 points for the season, which is tops on the team. He has also factored into the game-winning goal in all seven matches during Franklin Pierce's impressive winning streak.

Franklin Pierce recorded 20 shots, including putting eight on goal. Latif posted a team-best seven shots, while junior back Tom Reilly (Wallasey, England) and Tabares followed with four and three, respectively.

Not to be overshadowed by the strong offensive play, Franklin Pierce's backs turned in a spectacular effort by allowing Saint Rose to record just one shot. Junior goalkeeper Vinny Papageorgiou (Wilmington, Mass.) needed to make just one save to earn the win and run his record to 9-1 on the season. It was his third-consecutive shutout win and his sixth overall this season.

The road win comes on the heels of a successful four-match homestand for the Ravens, which saw the team down some of the top programs in the region and country, including Le Moyne, Merrimack and Southern Connecticut State.

Franklin Pierce will return home Tuesday night when the Ravens play host to Bentley at 7 p.m. in Sodexo Field.

For more information on Franklin Pierce men's soccer, please visit the team's page at athletics.franklinpierce.edu(.) To follow the program even further, please visit Franklin Pierce Athletics on YouTube (www.youtube.com/FranklinPierceSports), Twitter (www.twitter.com/FPUathletics) and Facebook (www.facebook.com/FranklinPierceAthletics).