Newcomers net two goals as Warriors win second in two tries in LEC
PLYMOUTH, N.H. - First-year sophomore transfer Christopher Giustina (Enfield) and freshman Nicholas Demo (Brookfield) headed in corner kicks for their first goals in Eastern Connecticut State University uniforms and the Warriors broke open a tight match with two second-half goals in a 3-0 Little East Conference victory over Plymouth State University Saturday afternoon at Panther Park.
At right: Christopher Giustina
Eastern (5-2-1, 2-0-0 Little East) posted its fourth straight win over Plymouth, with the three-goal margin the largest winning margin in the series since the Warriors won 5-0 15 years ago at Thomas Nevers Field. Plymouth (1-6-0, 0-2-0 Little East) was coming off its only win of the season in overtime three days ago.
Leading 1-0 at halftime when Giustina headed in junior Jon DeCasanova's (Glastonbury) corner kick for his sixth collegiate goal (five coming last year at Sage College of Albany), Eastern broke the match open with two goals in a span of seven minutes midway through the second half.
It was still a one-goal game 15 minutes into the second half when a defensive breakdown in the Panther end of the field led to an Eastern "own" goal. Demo made it 3-0 with a beautiful header off a corner kick taken by first-year junior transfer Carl Stensland (Storrs) that went into the far side of the goal with 21 minutes remaining.
Senior Carl Appel (West Windsor, NJ) and junior Jordan Munsell (Waterford) combined on the team's fifth shutout this year. Appel made five saves, Munsell two.
Plymouth held a slim +2 advantage in shots but Eastern was awarded 11 of the 15 corner kicks in the match.
Eastern hosts Salem State University Tuesday at 4 p.m. at Nevers Field. Since the resumption of the series after a 13-year hiatus, Eastern is unbeaten (2-0-1) against the Vikings, winning by shutout each of the last two seasons.