NEW LONDON, Conn. - The Bears improve to 3-0 on the season with a 1-0 victory against Johnson & Wales (1-1-1)on a second half goal by junior Luke Telang in Coast Guard's home opener Wednesday evening.
The Bears come back from a tough loss last season where the Wildcats beat Coast Guard 5-1 in Providence, Rhode Island.
It was a tight game in the midfield to start the game with neither team breaking through early. The Bears had the first opportunity as senior Alex Lane crossed in a free kick from the left side finding sophomore Greg Burnham on the far post. Burnham's header however was saved by junior goalkeeper Nicholas Mancini.
In the 30th minute Johnson & Wales looked to have their first chance as sophomore Teagan Drake took a crack from the left side, but junior Austin Read slid in and blocked the shot before it could sniff the goal.
Shortly after that attempt, the Wildcats looked to be in again as freshman Jason Cruz hit a cross to sophomore Andrew Vecere. However, before Vecere could settle the ball for a shot sophomore Noah Harper slid in and knocked the ball away and out of danger and making the first half score 0-0.
Early in the second half Telang slid a pass in behind the defense putting sophomore Alex Hall in one on one with Mancini. Hall managed a shot, but right into a sliding Mancini who knocked it away from Hall and was cleared away.
Coast Guard pushed ahead in the 55th minute as Telang got in behind the Johnson & Wales defense and fired a shot on goal. Mancini managed to make the initial save but put it right back on Telang's feet who one timed it into the back of the net for his second goal of the year.
The Wildcats kept the pressure up as they took a free kick from the left side of the 18 yard box. The ball curled dangerously to the back post, but was headed away by Harper.
The Bears nearly made it 2-0 as sophomore Garett Magill played a ball over the top to senior Patrick Hanrahan who was in on goal. Hanrahan hit a low ,hard shot, but was blocked by a sprawling, toe touch save by Mancini and out of play.
Johnson & Wales had their best opportunity late as Vecere settled the ball and was in behind the Coast Guard defense. As he went to get his feet under him senior Brad McNell came from across the field and slid in to knock the ball away and end the attack, securing a 1-0 win for the Bears.
Junior Jake Sorenson (2-0) earned his second win of the season making one save on one shot on goal. It has been a great start to the season for the entire defense as they have not allowed a goal through the first three games of the year.
Mancini (1-1-1) made 10 saves on 11 shots on goal allowing the lone second half goal.
The Bears are back in action this Saturday, September 10th as they host arch rival Merchant Marine. Kickoff is 11:30 am.