NEW HAVEN – Junior forward Tyler Jones (Vernon) tied the match two minutes into the second half and ended the game two minutes into overtime as the No. 19 Eastern Connecticut State University men's soccer team recorded its second comeback win in three days with a 2-1 victory over Albertus Magnus College Tuesday afternoon at Celentano Field.
In a state battle of unbeatens, Eastern (6-0-0) avenged an overtime loss to Albertus (4-1-0) from a year ago. In the first NSCAA polls of 2015, released today, Eastern is ranked third in New England and 19th nationally in Division III.
At left: Xavier Doran
Last year's leading scorer with six goals, Jones tied the match with his first goal of the season 2:25 into the second half on junior back Gavin Neuendorf's (Norwich) first assist and point of the season. With just 1:52 gone in sudden death overtime, Xavier Doran (Hebron) played free kick into the box, and Jones gave the Warriors their sixth straight win by beating Albertus sophomore keeper Griffin Volta under the crossbar.
Albertus, which qualified for last year's ECAC New England Division III Tournament, scored in the 17th minute to take a 1-0 lead – only the second goal allowed this year by Eastern freshman keeper Ryan Murphy (Cromwell). It was the second time in two games that Eastern allowed the first goal before rallying to win.
Eastern outshot Albertus, 21-5 and collected all seven of the game's corner kick. Albertus' goal was the only one that the Eastern defense allowed to reach the net. Volta made six saves.
Eastern opens its Little East Conference season Saturday at Plymouth State University at 2:30 p.m.