JOHNSON, Vt.- A strong first half ignited the Northern Vermont University-Johnson men's soccer team to a 5-0 win over the University of Maine Presque-Isle at Minaert Field on Saturday afternoon.
1st Half: Five first half goals were the decider on Saturday afternoon. Freshman Aibek Allan Bijanov recorded the first goal of the contest in the 6thminute of action after a deflected shot from teammate Rob Buonanno. The Badgers continued their attack and it was Tyler Cirillo who found the net in the 24thminute off a pass through the middle from teammate Wyatt Moberg.
Freshman Marquiss Cruz in the 28thminute scored his first goal of the game. After trailing early in the half UMPI gained possession and had opportunities to score as they put two consecutive shots on goal but were unsuccessful. In the 40thminute Tristan Salgado was tripped up in the box and was awarded a penalty kick. Salgado capitalized pushing the Badger lead to four goals.
Buonanno scored his first goal of the contest in the 42ndminute to give the Badgers the 5-0 lead headed into the break.
2nd Half: No goals were scored in the second half. The Badgers recorded seven shots against the Owls two shots.
With the win the Badgers move to 5-4-1 on the season and 2-2 in conference play.
Goals: NVU-Johnson- Five Players (1)
Assists: Moberg (1)
Shots on Goal: Cruz (4)
Shots (On Goal): NVU-Johnson- 17 (11) Maine Presque Isle- 4 (3)
Men's Soccer will travel to Paul Smith's College on Wednesday, October 9 to compete in a non-conference match.