Easton, Mass. – Junior Connor Mote (Lisle, Ill./Benet Academy) scored, but the Bentley men's soccer team was defeated by Stonehill 2-1 on Wednesday afternoon in a non-conference match for the Falcons' season opener.
Mote scored in the 78th minute on a penalty kick to cut Stonehill's lead in half to 2-1, but the Falcons could not find the tying goal over the remaining 12 minutes.
A scoreless first half where Bentley outshot the host Skyhawks 14-2 gave way to the second half where the teams combined for three goals.
Stonehill's first goal came in the 51st minute from midfielder Keegan Nutt, and the hosts doubled their lead in the 67th minute with a goal from defender Daniel Pereira.
Bentley finished the game with a 19-12 edge in shots, but shots on goal were 6-6 for both teams.
Mote led Bentley with two shots on goal, and senior keeper Nick Maldarella (St. James, N.Y./St. John the Baptist) made four stops for the Falcons.
The Falcons will be back in action on Saturday when they visit Holy Family.