Stonehill Outlasts American International College, 4-3

Junior Michael White scored twice in Stonehill's second win of the season. (PHOTO BY Andrew Katsampes)

White scores twice, Hebert nets winner in 75th minute

EASTON, Mass. (September 8, 2010) – The Stonehill College men’s soccer team posted a 4-3 victory over Northeast-10 rival American International College this afternoon at Skyhawk Field. After being held scoreless in the first half, the Skyhawks came back to score four second-half goals for their second straight win to open the season.

Senior Tyler Hebert (Rockland, Mass./Sacred Heart) netted the game-winner in the 75th minute, and Stonehill also got two goals from junior Michael White (Lisbon, N.H./Tilton School) and a goal and assist from sophomore Jonathan Hope (Avon, Conn./Avon). Senior goalkeeper Brandon McFarlane (Norwich, Conn./Norwich Free Academy) made seven saves in the net for the Skyhawks. AIC was led by two goals from sophomore Conor Doyle (Douglas, Isle of Man/Queen Elizabeth II), and junior Thomas Denomme (North Smithfield, R.I./North Smithfield) added a third.

The Yellow Jackets held a 1-0 advantage throughout the first half, as Doyle scored in the opening minutes and junior goalkeeper James Taber (Liverpool, N.Y./Herkimer C.C.) made four first-half saves to keep the Skyhawks off the board. Stonehill responded early in the second frame, though, as White scored his first of the day just 24 seconds into the half.

Stonehill broke the tie in the 62nd minute when Hope netted a cross from senior Michael Bridges (Sandwich, Mass./Sandwich), sparking a three-minute span in which the game was tied two different times. Denomme connected for American International in the 63rd minute, followed by White’s second of the day for Stonehill in the 64th and Doyle’s second for the Yellow Jackets in the 65th, knotting the score at 3-3.

Hebert put away a header in the 75th minute when a throw-in from senior Kevin Moroney (Medway, Mass./Medway) found Hebert in front of the net for the eventual winner, and the Stonehill defense held American International to one shot over the final fifteen minutes to seal the victory.

Stonehill (2-0, 1-0 NE-10) returns to Skyhawk Field on Saturday to host Queens College (N.Y.) at 11 a.m. American International (1-2, 0-1 NE-10) travels to New York Institute of Technology Saturday at 1 p.m.

Press play below for postgame interviews with Tyler Hebert and head coach Jim Reddish.