HANOVER, N.H. – The hot Saturday temperatures in Hanover translated into pressure on the field, as the Dartmouth men’s soccer team defeated Vermont 5-2.
Freshman forward Tiger Graham led the way with two goals. Senior defender Wyatt Omsberg got the Big Green on the board first with a goal in the seventh minute. Junior Amadu Kunateh was just outside the goal when he sent a pass into a crowd of Dartouth and Vermont players, when the ball fell to the ground Omsberg found the opening and sent in a close range shot to the goal.
Not even a full 10 minutes later, in the 17th minute, Graham scored his first collegiate goal off an assist from Tyler Dowse. Dowse put out a cross pass to his teammates and Graham used his chest to send the ball to the net.
The Catamounts answered in the 24th minute with a goal of their own off a penalty kick. Fouls were traded throughout the game, and a tripping foul on the Big Green defense caused Mikel Kabala to take a penalty shot which went in the net.
The Big Green offense was able to get another goal in before the half. At the 39-minute mark, junior Justin Donawa passed ahead of Vermont defenders and to the goal, pulling the keeper out of the net, and sent a cross pass to Eduvie Ikoba who scored on the left side of the goal.
“I’m proud of the guys I think that’s a good result,” said head coach Chad Riley. “The score doesn’t exactly reflect the game, Vermont is a really good, strong team and they really tested us at times. I always knew that was going to be a challenging game, but I think we did what we needed to do, we’ll take it, learn from it and move on. Overall, a good result on a very good and challenging game.”
In a fluke attempt to defend their net in the 57th minute, a Catamount defender was confused about his direction and sent in a goal against his team, after the ball was sent to his area by an attempted pass from the home team. The own goal gave Dartmouth a 4-1 lead, but it was not a goal directly scored by the Big Green.
Vermont’s Justin Freitas scored a quick, close range shot in the 86th minute, a late attempt to bridge the gap in the score. Graham answered quickly two minutes later, heading a ball into the net from the right side, on a pass from Dawson McCartney.
Saturday’s win moves Dartmouth to 5-2-0 on the season while Vermont falls to 4-4-0. It is the fifth straight win for the Big Green and the second straight game where they have scored five goals.
Sophomore keeper Henry Stusnick started his second game of the year and grabbed one save during a Catamount penalty kick in the second half. Each team posted eight shots, Vermont committed eight fouls and had two yellow cards, the Big Green had seven fouls and one caution.
Dartmouth will continue its four-game homestand, hosting Princeton on Saturday, September 30 at 4:30 p.m. to open Ivy League Play.