Men’s Soccer: Norwich tops SUNY Maritime 3-1, stays unbeaten in 2018

Bryce Sullenger men's soccer action vs. SUNY Maritime (Bill Croney)
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NORTHFIELD, Vt. – The Norwich University men's soccer team extended its unbeaten streak to five straight games to start the season with a 3-1 victory over SUNY Maritime on Sunday afternoon in non-conference action. 

Norwich (2-0-3, 0-0-1 GNAC) got a goal and an assist each from Eric Badibanga (Burlington, Vt.) and Amerle Nemeye (Burlington, Vt.) as the Cadets won the first-ever meeting in program history with SUNY Maritime. 

After falling behind 1-0, Norwich scored three unanswered goals with two in the first half and one more in the second half to seal the comeback win. 

SUNY Maritime (4-1-0, 0-0-0 Skyline) took a 1-0 lead at the 19:27 mark with Chris Tavernese chasing down a long over the top ball from the midfield by Anthony Palazzolo. Tavernese got behind the NU defense and buried the ball into the bottom left corner of the net for his sixth goal of the season. 

Norwich got on the board at the 23:32 mark with Nemeye scoring his third goal of the season with a blistering shot into the bottom right corner of the net off a pass from Bienfait Badibanga (Burlington, Vt.). 

Eric Badibanga gave the Cadets their first lead of the game with 1:32 left in the first half after Nemeye sent a ball over the top and Badibanga got behind the Maritime defense before slipping the ball into the back of the net for his first collegiate goal. 

Freshman Bryce Sullenger (Gaithersburg, Md.) capped the scoring by burying a shot from 25 yards out off a pretty pass from Eric Badibanga from the left corner sideline. The goal was Sullenger's first collegiate goal. 

Senior Brendan Germano (Monroe Township, Md.) was superb in goal, making a couple of brilliant saves, including robbing Anthony Sblendorio at point-blank range early in the second half to keep the Cadets on top. 

Germano finished with eight saves to improve to 2-0-3 on the season. 

SUNY Maritime outshot Norwich 14-11. The Privateers' goalkeeper Michael Rodriguez made four saves in the loss.

Norwich travels to Albertus Magnus for its second GNAC conference game of the year on Wednesday. The Cadets will battle the Falcons at 7 p.m. in New Haven. NU returns home to host Anna Maria on Friday at 5:30 p.m.