NEW LONDON, Conn. – The Coast Guard men's soccer team locked up the three seed in next week's New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) with a 1-0 win over Babson Saturday afternoon.
With the win the Bears improve to 10-4-3 overall and 4-2-1 in conference play. The Beavers finishes the year 9-9 and 2-5 in the NEWMAC. This is the first time in program history that Coast Guard topped both Wheaton and Babson in the same season.
The Bears jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the 14th minute as Telang beat his defender just outside the Babson penalty box and slid a pass across the top of the box. Palermo-Re settled the service, took a touch across his body and ripped a low shot to the bottom right corner for the 1-0 lead.
The rest of the first half and the majority of the second was defensive in nature before the Beavers upped the pressure late. Senior Logan Ventura had the best opportunity of the game for Babson when he settled a pass on the left side of the box and struck a shot to the opposite upper corner of the goal. Senior goalkeeper Jake Sorenson dove to his left and made the acrobatic save knocking the shot away, ending the attack and securing Coast Guard's 11th shutout of the season.
Sorenson (7-3-2) made one save on one shot on goal for his seventh shutout of the season. Sorenson is second in the conference with .64 goals against average and is tied for first with seven shutouts on the year.
Senior James Takami made zero saves on one shot on goal allowing the lone score.
The Bears are back in action on Saturday, November 4th, when they take on WPI in the semi-finals of the NEWMAC Tournament. Game will be played at number one seed Springfield, kickoff to be announced.