Men’s Soccer Navigates Mariners 3-0

Men’s Soccer Navigates Mariners 3-0

NEW LONDON, Conn.-Sophomore Alexander Lane scored a goal and tallied an assist as the Coast Guard men's soccer team rolled to a 3-0 non-conference over visiting Mitchell College on Wednesday night at the CGA Track & Field Complex. The victory moves the Bears to 5-3-1 on the season while Mitchell drops to 4-6-0 following the defeat.

The Bears got on the board first when sophomore Alexander Lane scored his first goal of the season in the 13th minute. The play started to develop from about 30 yards out when Lane fed a through ball to senior Matt Epperly who gave the ball back with the defense converging. Lane wasted no time in getting the shot off and beat Mitchell's junior keeper Ramazan Sinani low to the far side.

Throughout the first half, Coast Guard absolutely dominated play but held just a 1-0 lead at the break. Their lead was just one despite holding an 11-2 advantage in shots (7-1 on goal) and gaining three corner kicks compared to one for Mitchell.

Mitchell had a chance from about 28 yards out following a Coast Guard foul in the 33rd minute but junior Frank Williams' shot was taken care of easily by junior Richie Burns.

Coast Guard was able to put some space between themselves and the Mariners when sophomore Lukas Benedetto put home his third goal to make it 2-0 in favor of the Bears. The goal came following a flurry of activity and a near miss of a goal when freshman Kyle Phillips header attempt went off the cross bar but not in. After the rebound came out to Coast Guard, Lane delivered a pass to Benedetto who then buried it into the back of the net in the 73rd minute.

Epperly eliminated any remaining doubt in the 78th minute with his second goal of the season. After collecting a loose ball in the box he blasted a shot from about 12 yards out that Sinani had no chance on.

Burns had to make just two saves in the match to preserve his fifth shutout of the season as he improved his record to 5-2-1 on the year. Sinani made 10 stops for Mitchell in the loss as he fell to 4-6-0 on the season despite some acrobatic stops.

For the match, Coast Guard outshot Mitchell 24-3 (13-2 on goal) and held a convincing 13-1 edge in corners.

Coast Guard is scheduled to return home on Saturday, October 12th when they host Emerson in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference match-up.