Three Second Half Goals Send Eagles To First Victory

Cameron Book (3) evades several defenders looking for a shot.
Cameron Book (3) evades several defenders looking for a shot.

POULTNEY, Vt. – Green Mountain College men's soccer team registered three unanswered second half goals to earn their first win of the season against Wheelock College on Sunday afternoon at Eagles Game Field.

Wheelock (0-7) opened the scoring in the 8th minute as Ian Sobral took the ball just outside the final third and maneuvered through open space and ripped home a shot from just outside the 18-yard box beating the Eagles' keeper low and right.

Green Mountain (1-5) thought it had rallied to tie the score at 1-1 when Cameron Book (Poultney, Vt.) knocked home a loose ball from right on the goal's door step, but the goal was called back as the team was offside after a meeting of the officials.

The Eagles finally broke through in the 49th minute after pressuring Wheelock offensively. Book made up for the goal called back in the first half by depositing his first goal of the season from a pass by Brandon Bellissimo (Chicago, Ill.). Book then did one better and notched another goal from an excellent strike off a set piece that curled around the wall and into the top right corner of the net from the left side of the 18-yard box.

Bellissimo gave the Eagles some insurance in the 67th minute when he was sent in towards goal from Lucas Krauss (West Rupert, Vt.) and took a touch to settle it before depositing a low liner into the lower left of the net past a diving keeper.

Griffin Shelor (Cedar Park, Texas) earned the victory in net for the Eagles after making seven saves. Jordan Bernard took the loss in net for the Wildcats despite making seven stops.

Green Mountain will be back in action on Tuesday when the Eagles host Lyndon State College for a North Atlantic College (NAC) tilt with first touch set for 1 pm.