Warriors post third straight shutout win on early own goal against WCSU
WILLIMANTIC, Conn. - In a match between the Little East conference favorite and a team picked for last place, the margin was slim and only determined by an own goal.
At right: For fourth time in as many career starts against Western, Carl Appel gave the Colonials nothing.
Conference pre-season favorite Eastern Connecticut State University scored an own goal in the fifth minute of play and the Warriors remained unscored upon at home this year in a 1-0 victory over Western Connecticut State University Saturday afternoon at Thomas Nevers Field.
By extending its unbeaten streak against Western (1-7-1, 0-2-1 Little East) to six (4-0-2) with its second straight 1-0 verdict over the Colonials, Eastern (7-2-1, 3-0-0) takes over sole possession of first place in the conference. The University of Southern Maine drops three points back of Eastern following its 3-0 loss at Massachusetts Boston Saturday.
The only goal of the match came with 4:04 gone, when a Western defender leaped in an effort to clear an Eastern throw-in, but the ball travelled into the net.
Eastern senior keeper Carl Appel (West Windsor, NJ) moved into sole possession of second place all-time in complete shutouts, posting the fourth of this season and 24th in 71 career starts. The shutouts are the most by an Eastern keeper in 37 years, since Eastern Hall of Famer Joel Boisvert recorded a program-record 25 between 1970 and 1973. Appel made three saves against Western to register his fourth full-match shutout in 380 career minutes against Western.
In running their home record to 5-0-0, the Warriors have outscored their opponent 16-0.
Despite amassing a 13-5 advantage in shots and 9-2 margin in corners, Eastern could not shake Western.
On successive corner kicks early in the match, the Warriors put one off the post and one was punched out by Western sophomore keeper Jack Holub. Western's only first-half shot came with ten minutes left, with an 18-yarder sailing over the crossbar.
Nine minutes into the second half, Holub kept the margin at one goal when he saved a shot by junior midfielder Jon DeCasanova (Glastonbury) off a cross from junior forward Matt Furman (Montville). Pushing for the tying goal, the Colonials watched a header off a corner bounce off the post.
Eastern hosts Western New England University Tuesday at 4 p.m. at Nevers Field.