Men's Soccer succumbs to Newbury


MEDFORD, Mass. --- The Becker College men's soccer team lost 5-0 at Newbury College on Saturday in Medford.

Becker goalkeepers junior goalkeeper Marco De Lauri (Edgware, U.K. / Stanmore) and sophomore goalkeeper Sam Majewski (Warren, Mass. / Quaboag Regional Middle) combined for six saves in the loss.

Nighthawks senior Nicholas Olivares-Thompson (Rochester, N.H.) scored a pair of goal on Senior Night, providing plenty of offense in the New England Collegiate Conference match.

Prior to the game, Olivares-Thompson and fellow seniors Elias BouChamoun (Stockton, N.J.) and Jarrod Smith (Watertown, N.Y.) celebrated Senior Night. All three were members of the starting 11, marking BouChamoun's first career start.

Olivares-Thompson started the scoring in the 11th minute for his third goal of the season. Olivares-Thompson was the beneficiary of a through pass from junior Julius Davis (Philadelphia, Pa.). Olivares-Thompson held off the defenders and slid a shot past the Hawks goalie for a 1-0 lead.

The Nighthawks made it 2-0 in the 33rd minute with freshman Warren Exceus (Boston, Mass.) scoring his team-leading sixth goal of the season. Off a free kick by freshman Rony Morales (Seekonk, Mass.), a flick by junior Francisco Villacorta (Lima, Peru) found Exceus who buried the shot from five yards out.

Newbury added another in the 37th minute for a 3-0 lead. A foul in the Becker box drew a penalty kick for freshman Melvin Gonzalez (Quincy, Mass.), who converted from the penalty spot for his first goal of the season.

Following halftime, Olivares-Thompson scored his second of the game in the 54th minute for a 4-0 lead. Junior Alex Strafer (Auburn, Mass.) netted his first this season in the 57th minute, giving the Nighthawks a 5-0 lead.

Olivares-Thompson's two-goal game is the second of his career while his four goals this season are a career-high for a season and tied for second-most on the Nighthawks this season.

Smith took the win, improving to 2-1-1 this season. His win matches him for the most wins by a goalie in program history (17) while the clean sheet gives him the most career shutouts (8).

Newbury is 8-1-2 in their last 11 games, outscoring opponents 25-9 in that span, including five clean sheets.

The Nighthawks return to play on Tuesday, looking to go unbeaten in the conference for the first time in program history, as they host New England College at 4:00 p.m. Becker returns to play on Wednesday, hosting Mitchell College at 4:00 p.m.