Shaun Taylor notches second-straight game-winning goal
WORCESTER, Mass. (October 23, 2010) -- Graduate forward
Shaun Taylor (Isle of White, England) notched his
second-consecutive game-winning goal on Saturday night as he scored
in overtime to help lift the No. 3-nationally ranked Franklin
Pierce University men's soccer team to a 2-1 win over Assumption in
Worcester, Mass. The win extended the Ravens' unbeaten streak to
11-straight matches as they improved to 12-1-1 overall and 10-0-1
in Northeast-10 play. The Greyhounds fell to 6-7-2 and 5-7-1 in
After the teams exchanged goals in the opening seven minutes of action, the match went without a tally for the next 88 minutes before Taylor popped in the game-winner in the 95th minute. Sophomore midfielder Samuel Kelley (Bedford, N.H.) slipped a pass to Taylor, who created space and launched a shot from far out which slammed into the upper-right corner of the goal past the extended arms of Assumption goalkeeper Brandan Sullivan.
For Taylor, it marked the second-straight match he tallied the game-winning goal as he also scored the winner in Wednesday night's 1-0 triumph over Saint Anselm. He also extended his streak to three-consecutive matches with at least a point, and the goal was his third of the campaign. Kelley earned an assist on Taylor's goal for his second helper of the year.
Franklin Pierce opened the scoring in the sixth minute when graduate back Jeff Hay (Dudley, Mass.) headed in a crossing pass from junior forward Victor Goncalves (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) for his sixth goal of the year, which is tops on the team. It was Goncalves' first assist of the campign.
The Ravens' 1-0 lead was short-lived as the Greyhounds answered one minute later when Steve Blaisdell headed in a shot off a free-kick attempt from Jose Paulo.
The early goal did not phase the Franklin Pierce backs as they shutdown Assumption the rest of the way. The Ravens allowed just 10 shots, with only five of those on going on goal. Junior goalkeeper Vinny Papageorgiou (Wilmington, Mass.) shook off the goal and made four saves to earn the win and run his record to 12-1-1 on the season.
Franklin Pierce recorded 23 shots, with 12 going on goal. Taylor and Goncalves each logged five shots, while junior midfielder Paul Latif (Newcastle, England) recorded four.
The Ravens return to action Tuesday night when they play host to in-state rival Southern New Hampshire at 7:30 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).