By Jon Wilson '22 / Sports Information Staff
MANSFIELD, Conn. – Sophomore forward Patrick Agyemang (East Hartford) netted his ninth goal and added his fourth assist on the season in Eastern Connecticut State University's comfortable 3-0 non-conference men's soccer win over Elms College Tuesday night at Rick McCarthy Field.
Freshman midfielder Andrès Mayuri (West Hartford) beat Elms freshman goalkeeper Collin Liedke just 34 seconds into the match, paving the way for the Warriors' eighth victory in eight matches – fourth at home to open the season. The goal was his fifth of the season. Elms is 1-5-2.
Eastern, which moved into the New England poll at tenth place earlier in the day, continued to put pressure on the Blazers' defense throughout the opening 20 minutes of the match and Agyemang added his goal in the 19th minute, doubling the lead for the home side. Eastern would go the rest of the first half without scoring, but had many chances to add to their lead with two misses from inside the six-yard box and a shot from sophomore midfielder Will Toomey (Willington) – who was credited with his team-leading fifth assist on Agyemang's goal -- that shook the crossbar from 25 yards out midway through the half.
Two minutes after Toomey's near-miss, Agyemang missed wide from inside the six, and minutes later, Liedke made a spectacular save on Mayuri's bid from in close to keep it a two-goal game.
The Warriors began the second half struggling to get control of the ball, but soon settled in with a goal from freshman forward Ryan Sirois (Tolland) that was assisted by Agyemang just 11 minutes into the half. Liedke robbed Sirois, and then senior midfielder Justin Jensen (Wethersfield) in a 1v1 situation before Sirois and Agyemang teammed up to provide Boutot with a three-goal cushion 12 minutes into the second half.
After Elms narrowly missed cutting the Eastern lead in half when the Blazers hit the post five minutes into the second half, Eastern answered with a flurry that eventually resulted in Sirois' second goal of the year
Eastern, which amassed advantages of 16-7 in shots and 13-1 in corner, killed the game off, slowing down build up play and dominating possession for the remainder to seal the victory.
Sophomore keeper Kyle Boutot (Tolland) made four saves in posting his fourth full shutout in eight starts. He lowered his goals-against average to 0.27 and pushed his save percentage over .900 to .913.
At 7-0-0 entering the match, Eastern was the winningest team in the New England poll and the only club to defeat once-beaten and fifth-ranked WPI.
Eastern visits the University of Massachusetts Boston Saturday at 4 p.m. in a Little East Conference match.