Waltham, Mass. – Junior Connor Mote (Lisle, Ill./Benet) scored on a free kick with 31 seconds left to give the Bentley men's soccer team a 2-1 victory over Saint Anselm on Saturday in the team's home and NE10 opener.
With the match tied 1-1 and overtime looming, a foul on Saint Anselm with 40 seconds left in Bentley's attacking end set up the free kick from about 25 yards out from the left side of the field. Mote stepped up and drilled the kick low and to the far post and past the outstretched arms of the Hawks' keeper for the goal.
Mote now has a goal in three of Bentley's four matches this season, and at least one point in every match.
Both teams scored inside the first 10 minutes, followed by Bentley creating a number of scoring chances and near misses to go in front, until Mote finally put them ahead.
The Hawks took the lead in the 6th minute when forward Taylor Silverstein redirected from close range a free kick that was sent into the box by Nick Heckt. But just over four minutes later, Bentley equalized off a corner kick. Mote was involved again as he took the kick that junior Jake Acker (Hanover, N.H./Hanover) headed home from close range on the far post.
In the second half Bentley had a number of chances, including two goals disallowed for offsides. A shot by Julian Stewart (Acton, Mass./Acton-Boxboro) in the 51st minute was just cleared off the line by a Hawks defender, and a shot by Mote in the 80th minute was tipped and hit the post.
With the win, Bentley (2-2-0, 1-0-0 NE10) has now gone 12 matches unbeaten at home, at 8-0-4.
They'll next hit the road to visit New York Tech for a non-conference match on Tuesday, before returning home next Saturday to visit AIC.