Men’s Soccer Knocks off Maritime (NY) behind Copeland’s Hat Trick

Men’s Soccer Knocks off Maritime (NY) behind Copeland’s Hat Trick

NEW LONDON, Conn.-Senior Robert Copeland recorded a natural hat trick just of 30 minutes in and the Coast Guard men's soccer team defeated Maritime (NY) 6-0 on Sunday afternoon at the CGA Track and Field Complex. The victory gives Coast Guard (7-7-3) a 35-2-3 edge in the series against Maritime (7-10-2) dating back to 1972 and is the 29th consecutive in the series.

The Bears opened the scoring in the 13th minute when Copeland found the back of the net for the third time this season. Senior Joe Bodzewski gave Copeland a perfect pass which he possessed on the edge of the 18-yard box before taking a couple dribbles and beating Maritime junior keeper Patrick Kelleher low and to the far side.

That same combination would make it 2-0, just 3:45 later. In the 16th minute, Bodzewski would weave his way into the box and, from the edge of the 6-yard box, deliver a perfectly placed ball to Copeland who would use his back heel to put it home and double the Coast Guard advantage to 2-0.

In the 31st minute, Copeland would complete his hat trick, taking a pass from Bodzewski yet again and calmly settling the ball inside the box. After making sure of his footing he delivered a perfectly placed shot to beat Kelleher yet again for his fifth score of the year.

Just 37 seconds later, also in the 31st minute, senior Matt Epperly would remove any lingering doubt when he netted his third tally of the season. After taking a clear from senior goalkeeper Carlos Gonzalez, Epperly unleashed a high-arcing shot over Kelleher and into the back of the net to give the Bears the 4-0 advantage.

Freshman Patrick Hanrahan provided the Bears with some extra insurance in the 72nd minute with his first collegiate goal. After taking a pass from sophomore Nicholas Trefonides outside the box, Hanrahan loaded up and delivered a cannon shot past the outstretched body of Kelleher.

With time winding down in the 81st minute, junior Tradd Lovern netted his first goal of the season. Senior Andrew Jaeger delivered a beautiful long ball ahead to freshman Bradley McNeil whose cross found the feet of Lovern all alone in the box, eight yards out, who blast a shot by a helpless Kelleher.

The six goals marked the most the Bears have scored this season, and it was their highest total since netting 10 against Wheelock in 2009.

Gonzalez got his second start in goal for Coast Guard this season, and recorded the shutout without having to make a save to register his first win of the year.

The victory was the first for the Bears since a 3-0 triumph over Emerson on October 12th and got them back to the .500 mark on the season. For the match Coast Guard held an 18-2 advantage in shots including putting 11 on goal, compared to no shots on goal for the Privateers.

Coast Guard will close out the regular season on Saturday, November 2nd against Springfield at 12:00 pm. A win in that game would mean the Bears qualify for the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference Tournament for the 15th time in the 16 year history of the conference.