Oct. 26, 2009
BOSTON, MA - Senior forward Maxim Fantl (West Hartford, CT) netted a pair of goals and assisted on another to lead the Eastern Connecticut State University men's soccer team over host University of Massachusetts Boston, 3-1, this afternoon in a Little East Conference match at the Clark Athletic Center field on the UMass Boston campus. The Beacons fall to 4-10-1 overall and 1-5-0 in LEC play, while the Warriors win their fourth straight match to improve to 12-4-1 and 5-1-0. The match was a make-up of an October 3 scheduled date that was postponed due to inclement weather.
Sophomore forward Matt Furman (Montville, CT) came off the bench to blast a shot off UMass Boston senior keeper Domenick Persuitte (West Barnstable, MA), but Fantl was there to score on the rebound inside the six-yard box to put Eastern Connecticut State on the board at the 20:46 mark.
The Beacons looked to answer right away, but a hard shot from freshman midfielder Reyn Johnson (Mangilao, Guam) went wide right at 26:32.
Fantl later gave the Warriors a 2-0 margin at 32:22 when he scored his team-leading 14th goal on a shot from the top of the 18-yard box.
Johnson was in position to put UMass Boston on the board at the 37:31 mark of the first stanza, but his shot in front of the net went high.
The Beacons did cut the deficit in half, just before the half however, when sophomore midfielder Alvin Qiriazi (Roslindale, MA) crossed to classmate Mike Zazzara (Dedham, MA), who fired a shot into the box that freshman midfielder Victor Costa (Malden, MA) deflected into the back of the net to make it 2-1 with just 3:38 left in the first half for his third goal of the season and second in as many contests.
Eastern Connecticut State added an insurance goal in the second half when Fantl headed a cross to senior forward Nicholas Boretti (Marshfield, MA), who finished with a shot to the back of the net for his sixth goal of the campaign at 56:12 for a 3-1 advantage.
Persuitte stopped a season-high 10 shots for UMass Boston, while sophomore Carl Appel (West Windsor, NJ) made seven saves for the Warriors, who owned a 19-18 shooting edge on the afternoon.
The Beacons will be in action again on Wednesday, October 28 at 3:00 p.m. when they host Massachusetts Maritime Academy at the Clark Athletic Center field, while Eastern Connecticut State hosts Fitchburg State College on the same day at the same time.