Kaleigh Anderson (@KaleighAnd1)
CHICOPEE, Mass. – The Elms College men's soccer squad registered a 3-1 victory over visiting Becker College in New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) action at Leary Field Wednesday evening. With the win the Blazers improve to 3-13-1 overall, and 3-3-1 in NECC play, while the Hawks drop to 1-6 in league play, and 1-15-1 on the season.
Elms broke a scoreless tie at the 28:58 marker as Whittle sent in a header off of a junior C.J. Dabkowski (Bristol, Conn.) free kick to tally the first half advantage. The Blazers owned the shot column in the first 12-2 as well as corners totaling three in the half to Becker's one. The Hawks attempted to get on the scoreboard at the 31:43 marker to even the tides however Elms freshmen keeper Connor Curtain (Belchertown, Mass.) posted the save to send the Blazers into the second with the advantage.
Tensions were high at the start of the second with Whittle firing off the first shot of the half a little over a minute in to which Becker sophomore Devin Ramos (Warwick, R.I.) saved with ease. From there, Elms continued to crash the Hawks defensive zone, posting multiple shots in an attempt to secure an insurance goal. After a foul in the box was called on the Hawks, Elms had a chance to capture their second score off of a sophomore Anthony Romei (Enfield, Conn.) penalty kick, however Ramos was able to make the save to keep hope alive for Becker.
At the 59:50 mark, Whittle would strike again off of a Shaquille Robinson (New York, N.Y.) feed to put the Blazers up 2-0. With 23 minutes remaining in the contest, an Elms foul led to a junior Cody Lavallee (Burrillville, R.I.) free kick opportunity that soared to the back of the net to keep the Hawks in the running. However with eight minutes left ticking on the clock Whittle would find a break in the Hawks defensive and fire a shot to which Ramos deflected but could not grasp enabling Robinson time for the put back goal to post a 3-1 Elms scoreboard that would carry until the final buzzer.
The Blazers controlled the shot column, 28-5, during the contest. Curtain stopped one shot in the win, while Ramos made a match-high 12 saves for Becker.
The Blazers will look to remain in the win column as they prepare for their last regular season contest versus Regis this Saturday October 29th. Becker will look to capture another conference victory this Saturday versus Wheelock.