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Men's Soccer: Tripped by Trinity, 2-1

In non-conference play, winner comes midway through second half


HARTFORD, Conn. - In four years, the seniors on the Eastern Connecticut State University men's soccer team will have attained numerous accomplishments which include conference championships and post-season appearances.

At right: Matt Esposito

Unless the Warriors and Trinity College meet in the 2011 NCAA tournament, however, it is certain that one of those accomplishments will not have been a win over the Bantams.

Wednesday afternoon, Dan Mayernick scored both of Trinity's goals as the Bantams defeated Eastern for the fourth straight season, 2-1, in a non-conference match on the Trinity campus.

Ranked fifth in New England, Eastern dips to 1-2-1 away from home this season. Trinity is unranked in New England, but owns a 1-1 tie with Williams College in Williamstown, MA. The Ephs are ranked second in New England, 11th nationally,.

Since dumping the Bantams on their own field under then first-year head coach Greg DeVito in 2007, Eastern has played Trinity virtually on even terms but has only four losses to show for it.

Wednesday, Eastern snapped a string of three straight shutouts against Trinity when senior midfielder Matt Esposito (East Haven) put a game-tying penalty kick past Trinity senior keeper Grant Schonberg midway through the first period. The goal was the fourth of the year for Esposito, tying his total of each of his three previous seasons.

Mayernick had lifted the hosts to an early 1-0 lead, and later registered the game-winning goal after a string of 45 consecutive minutes midway through the second half.

Eastern senior keeper Carl Appel (West Windsor, NJ) was credited with seven saves but sustained his fourth career loss (29 percent of his career total of 14) in as many starts against Trinity. Schonberg was Trinity's starting keeper for the third straight season against the Warriors.

Eastern looks to remain undefeated against Plymouth State University under DeVito when it returns to Little East Conference action on the road Saturday at 4:30 p.m. Ranked first in the LEC pre-season coaches' poll, Eastern opened LEC play Saturday with a 1-0 sudden death double overtime home win over Rhode Island College. Plymouth (1-5-0, 0-1-0 LEC) won its first match of the season Wednesday  with a 3-2 overtime non-conference home victory over Castleton State College, gaining the winning goal three minutes into sudden death. The Panthers lost 1-0 Saturday at Massachusetts Dartmouth in its conference opener.


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