NEW LONDON, Conn. - Junior Luke Telang scored two goals to help Coast Guard come from behind and beat Albertus Magnus 2-1 in nonconference action.
With the win the Bears impove to 8-2-1 on the season while the Falcons drop to 7-3-1.
Coast Guard came out strong as sophomore Quintin Parsons got his head on an early cross. Parsons knocked the service down to senior Alex Lane who fired a shot on goal but right into the chest of sophomore goalkeeper Joe Russo stopping the attack.
Shortly after that early shot Lane stepped up to take a free kick just inside the Albertus Magnus half. Lane laid the ball off to sophomore Noah Harper on the right side. Harper took one touch and ripped a shot on goal. The strike forced Russo to stretch out and punch the shot over the bar and out of play with 11:02 on the clock.
In the 19th minute the Falcons attempted to snatch the momentum as junior Justyn Broderick chased down a ball sent over the top of the Coast Guard defense. Broderick collected the ball on the left side of the Bears penalty box and used two step overs to give himself space for a pass to senior Matt Mueller at the penalty spot. Mueller took a touch and rifled a shot into the lower left corner of the goal for his fourth goal of the year giving Albertus Magnus the early 1-0 lead.
Just under ten minutes later Coast Guard stepped up to a free kick just outside the Falcons penalty box on the right side. Telang ran over the ball and continued his run past the Albertus Magnus wall. Lane followed up Telang's run and hit a pass to him on the right side of the wall. Telang took one touch and hit a shot pass Russo to tie the score at 1-1 at the 27:36 mark.
The Bears nearly took the lead right before the half as sophomore Patrick Palermo-Re sent a service into the Falcon's 18 yard box from the half field line. Junior Austin Read made a run to the far post and rose up, heading the ball towards goal. Read's header bounced before making it to goal and went over the top and out of play making the half time score 1-1.
Albertus Magnus put pressure on the Coast Guard defense shortly into the half with a deep service into the Bears penalty box. Before the Falcons could crash the ball, freshman Dakota Harich came charging off the line and slid in to hold the service and not allow a shot.
In the 52nd minute, Lane caught Albertus Magnus off guard with a quick restart on a free kick hitting a curling shot to the near post from the left side. Lane's shot beat Russo who was preparing the wall but dinged off the post and was knocked out of danger.
Coast Guard completed the come back at the 57:34 mark as junior Ryan Dandan dribbled down the center of the field. Dandan attempted a through ball at the top of the Falcons penalty box but a sliding Albertus Magnus defender stopped the pass. The ball was however knocked right to Telang who who took a touch and hit a shot just inside the left post for his second goal of the game and his fifth of the year which proved to be the game winner.
Harich (3-0) was not forced to make any saves on three total shots by the Falcons. The Bears defense continues to be stout as the lone goal was only the fifth allowed by Coast Guard this season. The Bears lead the NEWMAC with a .45 goals against average and also has a conference leading seven shutouts.
Russo (7-3-1) made three saves on five shots on goal. The loss snaps a six game unbeaten streak for Albertus Magnus.
Coast Guard is back in action this weekend as they travel to Boston, Massachusetts for a NEWMAC contest against the Emerson Lions on Saturday afternoon. Game time is 1:00.