|Eastern Connecticut State University||University of Southern Maine|
CITY, State – Three different players scored as the Eastern Connecticut State University Warriors earned a 3-0 win over the University of Southern Maine in a Little East Conference men’s soccer game Saturday afternoon at Hannaford Field.
Today’s game concluded the 2017 season for both squads. Eastern Connecticut wraps up its season with a 9-7-2 overall record and a 2-3-2 record in Little East Conference action. Southern Maine ends its season at 6-11-2 and 1-5-1 in the LEC.
Scoreless through much of the first half, the Warriors broke through for the eventual game-winning goal in the 34th minute as senior forward Xavier Doran (Hebron, Conn./RHAM) got his head on the ball off of a cross from sophomore Griffin Luczek (Lee, N.H./Oyster River). With the late goal, the Warriors took their lead into the halftime break.
ECSU quickly doubled its advantage in the second half scoring just five minutes into the stanza as senior Alexander Fazzino (Bolton, Conn.) made a pair of quick moves at the top of the box to free up some shooting space before launching a shot to the far post in the 50th minute. Senior JD Stearns (Bolton, Conn.) scored the Warriors third and final goal in the 89th minute on a breakaway touching the ball into the box and then by the Southern Maine goalkeeper for the 3-0 final.
ECSU outshot the Huskies 18-7 in the game and had a 4-2 advantage in corner kicks. Freshmen Joseph Kalilwa (Lewiston, Maine) and Riley Dinsmore-Patch (Eliot, Maine/Marshwood) each had quality attempts for the Huskies with Dinsmore-Patch’s long-distance strike sailing just high of the frame in the first half.
Freshman goalkeeper Richard Glemawu (Accra, Ghana/South Kent (Conn.)) turned in a strong performance for Southern Maine making nine saves in the loss. He allowed two goals in 87:52 of action before being relieved by sophomore Dalton Cassidy (Fort Fairfield, Maine) for the final 2:08. ECSU starter junior Ryan Murphy (Cromwell, Conn.) earned the win making three saves in 70:28 minutes of shutout action. Freshman Kyle Boutot (Tolland, Conn.) played 17:24, making one save and freshman Jack VanRooyen (Wayland, Mass./Learning Prep) played the final 2:08 also making a save.