Gators Top Newbury, 3-1, to Earn First Home Victory

Gators Top Newbury, 3-1, to Earn First Home Victory

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. – Pine Manor College men's soccer earned a hard fought 3-1 victory over local rival Newbury College on Thursday afternoon at Hedley Field. The victory, the first home win in Pine Manor men's soccer history, helps the Gators improve to 3-4-0 on the season. Newbury drops to 2-8-1 on the year.

The Gators got out to an early lead when Ricardo Stewart (Graham, N.C.) tallied the first goal of his collegiate career at 3:44, finishing on a volley as Jahvar Gayle (Bloomfield, Conn.) played the ball across the Newbury goalmouth to his first-year classmate for the finish.

Stewart's early marker held up throughout the first half as PMC would eventually escape the opening session with a one goal advantage thanks to a big save from starting goalkeeper Oscar Estrada (North Port, Fla.).

Estrada made seven saves on the day to earn the victory in goal for the Gators, while Newbury net minder Antonios Tran (Chelsea, Mass.) tallied one in the defeat.

With just under five minutes to play before halftime, and the Nighthawks pressing hard to tie the before the break, Estrada came off his line and mistimed a challenge-- bringing a Newbury player down in the penalty area and ceding a penalty kick.

Sophomore Ethan Forrest (East Bridgewater, Mass.) took the penalty kick for the Nighthawks but Estrada made the save to his right to maintain the 1-0 PMC lead.

Estrada's foul and subsequent penalty kick save set of a feverish final five minutes of the first in which PMC Nathaniel Hayes (Newport Richey, Fla.), pictured, and Newbury's Prince Boateng earned matching yellow cards at 42:37 before Newbury's Artur Piatrevich (Fairfield, Conn.) was sent off at 44:37, after being shown a red car following a contested play in the PMC penalty area.

Playing down a man in the second half, visiting Newbury continued to battle. And, the Nighthawks perseverance paid off at 71:49 of the second when senior Rodriguez Pierre (Somerville, Mass.) collected a ball that deflected off the Pine Manor defense and sliced a shot past the outstretched arms of Estrada to tie the contest.

With the contest now tied for the first time since the opening minutes of play, Pine Manor responded with a quick counter at 73:04 to retake the lead at 2-1. Freshman Sergio Aguilera-Lopez (Yuma, Ari) played a cross into the Newbury penalty area that Hayes collected with a defender on his back before turning and beating Tran for the game-winner.

Gayle would put the game out of reach just under six minutes later, tallying his team-leading fifth goal of the year at 78:55 after splitting two defenders and collecting a high looping pass sent in from midfield by Blade Leavenworth (Bourne, Mass.). 

Pine Manor, winners of back-to-back games for the first time in program history, will play Wheelock in their next contest on Wednesday, October 1 at 4:00 PM. The Gators will serve as the visiting team in the match played at Hedley Field. Newbury will also be in action next Wednesday when they travel to Bates for an 8:00 PM start.