Michael Ennis
Michael Ennis during the Skyline Conference Championship Finals against Farmingdale State College. (Photo by Lee Ferris, Mount Saint Mary College)

ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, N.Y. – Junior forward Michael Ennis, the hero of last year’s Skyline Conference Championship game, played the protagonist once again, scoring in the first minute of overtime to lead the Mount Saint Mary College (MSMC) men’s soccer team (1-0) to a 3-2 opening day victory over Bard College (0-1) Friday evening at the Ferrari Soccer & Lacrosse Complex.

Ennis provided two of the Knights’ three goals on the evening. In overtime, Ennis took the ball away from a Bard defender and fired to the near post, beating the keeper just 57 seconds into the extra period to give the Knights the win. With the Knights down 1-0, Ennis tied the game at the 56:49 mark off assists from freshman forward Joe Sadofsky and sophomore midfielder Nick Ciani.

Sophomore goalkeeper Tyler Biscone picked up his first win of the season, making three saves. Taylor Bond suffered the loss for Bard, but stopped five shots.

Jasper Shorter gave the Raptors the first lead of the game early in the second half. He shot the ball off a Knight defender, getting it past the keeper to put the home team up a score. After Ennis tied the game, freshman forward Eric Hayes scored his first collegiate goal off a rebound from a shot by senior forward Matt Garcia to give the Knights a 2-1 lead.

With time winding down, Bard’s Matt Rowlinson rebounded his own shot into the net to tie the game at two apiece. Despite the momentum shift, Ennis was able to give the Knights the victory in overtime.

The Knights outshot the Raptors on Aug. 29, 17-10, including an 8-5 advantage in shots on goal. They also had three corner kick opportunities to just one for the home team.