FITCHBURG, Mass. – Sophomores Xavier Doran (Hebron) and JD Stearns (Bolton) scored less than nine minutes apart in the first half and the Eastern Connecticut State University men's soccer team went on to its seventh shutout of the year, 4-0, in a non-conference match with Fitchburg State University.
Ranked No. 6 in New England, Eastern (11-2-1) has won five of its last six and defeated Fitchburg (5-7-0) for the tenth straight time. The Falcons won last year's Massachusetts State College Athletic Conference (MASAC) playoff championship and lost a first-round match in the NCAA tournament.
Freshmen keepers Ryan Murphy (Cromwell) and Brendan West (Plainville) combined on the shutout. Murphy made three saves over the first 79 minutes.
Eastern returns to Little East Conference action Saturday at the University of Southern Maine at 2:30 p.m.