Sprecakovic's Hat Trick Sends Men's Soccer Past Saint Anselm, 4-1

BOX SCORE | RAPID REACTION WITH HEAD COACH JOSH TAYLOR | HIGHLIGHTS

When and Where: October 29, 2019 – Hooksett, N.H. (Penmen Stadium)
Score: Southern New Hampshire University 4, Saint Anselm College 1
Records: SNHU 7-4-3 (5-3-2 NE10), Saint Anselm 6-9-0 (2-9-0 NE10)

Freshman Sinisa Sprecakovic (Mannheim, Germany) recorded his first career hat trick Tuesday night at Penmen Stadium, as the Southern New Hampshire University men's soccer team posted a 4-1 victory against crosstown-rival Saint Anselm College.

STANDOUT PERFORMERS
  • Sprecakovic opened the scoring 29th and then made it 2-0 just 2:27 later, before polishing off the hat trick in the 55th minute to extend the Penmen lead to 3-0.
  • Redshirt-sophomore Andre Pereira (Cheshire, Conn.), who owned one career assist entering the match, dished a trio of helpers.
  • Senior Michael Goncalves (Ludlow, Mass.), who has now scored in four of the last five matches, potted the other Penmen goal.
  • Graduate student Alex Satrustegui (San Sebastian, Spain) also earned an assist on Sprecakovic's third marker of the evening.
  • Sophomore goalkeeper Patrick Quinn (Manchester, N.H.) stopped five of the six shots he faced.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
  • Nick Heckt converted a penalty kick late in the 63rd minute to put the visitors on the board, before Goncalves capped the scoring in the 74th minute.
  • Saint Anselm goalkeeper Jacob Rostkowski made five saves.
  • The Penmen outshot the Hawks, 20-12, including 10-4 in the opening stanza.
  • SNHU also held a 3-1 edge in corner kicks.
NOTES
  • Southern New Hampshire is unbeaten over its last seven contests (5-0-2).
  • The Penmen are now unbeaten in their last 10 (9-0-1) versus Saint Anselm and have not lost to the Hawks since a 1-0 home loss Nov. 1, 2009.
  • The hat trick marked Sprecakovic's first multi-goal game with the Penmen. He now leads the team in goals (8) and points (19).
  • It is the first hat trick for the Penmen since Satrustegui scored four times in a 5-0 win over Chestnut Hill College on Sept. 1 of last season.
  • Goncalves is second on the team in goals (6) and points (16).
  • SNHU improves to 101-19-14 (.806) over its last 134 matches dating back to the beginning of the 2013 National Championship season.
  • The Penmen are now 74-9-8 (.857) over their last 91 contests at home, including 12-2-1 at Penmen Stadium.
  • The win gives Southern New Hampshire two more points in the Queen City Cup standings, and they now lead the battle for Manchester supremacy, 10-4.

WHAT'S NEXT

  • The Penmen return to action Saturday, Nov. 2 (4 p.m.) when they play host to Southern Connecticut State University on Senior Day at Penmen Stadium.

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