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USM IS FIFTH SHUTOUT VICTIM

 Men's soccer holds Huskies scoreless for fourth time in six years

Below: Dan Fish

fish_72dpi_5656.jpgPORTLAND, Maine -- Freshman back Dan Fish (Marlborough) scored his first career goal LEClogo-1WEB.jpgand senior forward Maxim Fantl (West Hartford) followed with the 41st of his four-year career as men's soccer shut out the University of Southern Maine, 2-0, Saturday afternoon in a Little East Conference match at Memorial Field.

Ranked No. 9 in New England, Eastern (8-3-1, 2-1-1 little east) has won its last four matches by shutout, posting its fifth overall this season. It marks the fourth shutouts for Eastern  in the last six meetings with Southern Maine (5-5-1, 1-2-0 little east).

Southern Maine lost for the first time after a four-game unbeaten streak (3-0-1). Eastern held a 14-4 advantage in shots and 10-2 edge in penalty kicks.

Eastern capitalized on a corner kick to score the first goal with six minutes left in the first half and Fantl added an insurance goal midway through the second half. Fish's goal originated with a corner kick by sophomore Aaron Smiles (Bedford, MA) , with sophomore Matt Furman (Montville) feeding Fish as the Warriors broke the 39-minute stalemate. Furman also created the scoring chance for Fantl with his team-leading fourth assist of the season.

Fantl's team-leading ninth goal of this season  produced his  98th and 99th career points in 73 career matches.  With his next point, he will become the program's first 100-point scorer since Jason Brasher totalled 105 in a four-year career 18 years ago. Last year, Fantl totaled career-highs of 16 goals and 40 points and was named the conference offensive Player-of-the-Year and  first-team all-region.

Sophomore keeper Carl Appel (West Windsor, NJ) made one save for his ninth full shutout in 32 career starts.

Since late October of 2005, Eastern has now lost only four of 27 matches in conference regular-season play, winning 15 and tying eight.

Eastern visits Kean University Monday for a 6 p.m. kickoff.

Eastern Conn. 2, U. of Southern Maine 0

Eastern Conn. (8-3-1, 2-1-0 little east) 1 1 -- 2
Southern Maine (5-5-1, 1-2-0 little east) 0 0 -- 0

Scoring: Dan Fish (Aaron Smiles, Matt Furman) 39;11; Maxim Fantl (Furman) 68:23.
Shots: E-14, S-4; Saves: E-Carl Appel 1, S-David Kreps 3.
Corner kicks: E-10, S-2