Story written and posted by Anthony Perry, Rivier University Sports Information Director
NASHUA, N.H. – The Rivier University Men's Soccer season came to an end this evening as visiting Suffolk University took home a 2-1 Great Northeast Athletic Conference overtime thriller in rainy conditions at Joanne Merrill Field. The loss solidifies the Raiders 2019 campaign with an overall record of 1-17-1 and a 0-11-0 mark in the conference while the Rams improve to 6-9-1 overall, 4-7-0 in league play.
Rivier struck quickly in the contest as senior Ramon Bonfante (Lowell, Mass.) was able to head home a corner kick from freshman Kelvin Cortez (Meriden, Conn.) at 1:54. It was Bonfante's first goal of the season and it gave the Raiders the 1-0 advantage.
That advantage stood until the 83rd minute. Suffolk was able to capitalize on a defensive breakdown which led to senior Simon Velez Angel (Weston, Mass.) to feed junior Sal Perrotto (Pembroke, Mass.) deep inside the Raider goal box. Perrotto was able to fire off a shot into the lower left 90 to knot the game up at 1-1. It was Perrotto's second goal of 2019.
Almost four minutes into the overtime period, Suffolk University freshman Emilio Tenorio (Saipan, Northern Mariana Island) recorded the game winner as his shot was deflected into the back of the net of a Raider defender. Tenorio's third goal of the season came with 6:10 left to play in the first overtime period and it sent the Rams back to Boston with a victory.
Senior goalkeeper Collin Deyarmin (Raymond, N.H.) finished his four-year career in Raider Blue and White with an eight-save performance on the evening. Suffolk freshman keeper Kyle Rosa (Chelmsford, Mass.) did not record a save in the win for the Rams.
This marked the final game of the season for both teams and it also was Suffolk's final game as a member of the GNAC.