When and Where: September 7, 2016 – Manchester, N.H. (Larkin Field)
Score: Southern New Hampshire University 4, Post University 0
Records: SNHU 2-0-0, Post 1-2-0
Graduate student Rayane Boukemia (Strasbourg, France) recorded a hat trick to lead the fifth-ranked Southern New Hampshire University men's soccer team to Wednesday night's 4-0 victory against Post University at the Derryfield School.
Southern New Hampshire drew first blood in the 16th minute off a failed Post clear attempt when graduate student Tobias Esche (Bremen, Germany) slid a quick pass to freshman Louka Masset (Paris, France), who booted the ball into the top right corner of the net to make it 1-0.
The score stayed that way until the 51st minute when Boukemia took over. He made it 2-0 when he blasted a free kick over the head of Post goalkeeper Jon Hanlon from 25 yards out.
Boukemia stretched the lead to 3-0 late in the 58th minute as freshman Romain Daniellou (Brieuc, France) sent a cross-field pass that was headed for the end line to the right of the goal when Boukemia caught up with the ball and volleyed it over the head of the keeper from an impossible angle and into the goalmouth.
Boukemia put the finishing touches on the hat trick in the 79th minute when he received a drop pass from grad student Robert Brown (Brussels, Belgium) and sent an absolute rocket into the top left corner of the net.
-The game was moved from Larkin Field down the street to the Derryfield School about 20 minutes before the scheduled start of the contest following a power outage on campus.
-Graduate goalkeeper Nick Zucco (Ludlow, Mass.) stopped the only shot he faced to run his personal shutout streak to 741:02, dating back to last season.
-The Penmen themselves have not allowed a goal in the last 804:52, which spans eight full matches.
-Southern New Hampshire begins the year 2-0 for the third straight season, while the nine goals are the most through the first two matches of the year since 2003 when the Penmen potted 11 goals en route to starting 2-0.
-SNHU outshot Post, 9-4, including 6-2 in the opening stanza, while the former Fighting Fallacaros earned the game's only corner kick.
-Hanlon made two saves for the Eagles.
The Penmen return to action Tuesday, Sept. 13 (3:30 p.m.) when they take on Bentley University. The next home game for the Penmen is Saturday, Sept. 17 (7 p.m.) when they play host to the College of Saint Rose under the lights at Larkin.
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