BENNINGTON -- The 2013 season has been a tough one for the Southern Vermont College men’s soccer team and first-year head coach Jamie Hutchins.
But Saturday’s game against Green Mountain College may be the boost Hutchins and the Mountaineers are searching for.
Southern Vermont scored in each half, including a pair from both Ruben Olivares and Erik Argueta, in a 6-0 rout at Everett Field.
"The guys have had a tough season, and they really wanted a victory," Hutchins said. "They put their heads down, especially in the second half. It was so decisive, they’ll feel better for the next day or two. It was good for confidence."
Derek Snow got on the board 17 minutes into the contest, battling a Green Mountain defender into the box for his fifth goal of the season. Argueta added his fifth of the year with four minutes left in the first half to make it 2-0 at the intermission.
Snow and Marc Massena each added assists as well to reach the scoresheet.
But the California kid wasn’t done, as Argueta added another tally six minutes into the second half to give Southern Vermont a 3-0 lead.
"I had a couple opportunities in the beginning and they didn’t drop, so I had to make up for what I missed in the beginning," Argueta said. "We came out ready. Sometimes, we come out flat, but we didn’t do that [today]."
Pierre Massena scored next in the 60th minute and then Olivares salted the game away with his third and fourth tallies of the year.
"Erik and Ruben ... they are on a professional level as players, and we’re impressed with what they do," Hutchins said. "They were on today and the results show that."
Chris Dunham picked up the win in goal for the Mountaineers, making two saves. For Green Mountain, Trenton Morrison made seven saves in his collegiate debut.
SVC improves to 1-2-1 in the New England Collegiate Conference and 3-9-1 overall.
"We have four more tough games, including a game against Middlebury," Hutchins said. "It’s a tough road, so I’m happy the guys have a chance to feel good [after the win.]"