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Men's Soccer: Warriors Strike Early, Roll Past Framingham to Finish Home Regular Season With Perfect Record

Men's Soccer: Warriors Strike Early, Roll Past Framingham to Finish Home Regular Season With Perfect Record

MANSFIELD, Conn. --  Junior defender Emmanuel Agyemang (East Hartford) converted his sixth penalty kick in as many tries this year in the sixth minute and sophomore brother Patrick Agyemang (East Hartford) set up the second goal less than a minute later to power the Eastern Connecticut State University men's soccer team to a 4-1 non-conference win over Framingham State University Tuesday evening on Seniors' Night at Rick McCarthy Field.

Ranked seventh in New England, Eastern (15-2-0) closes out its home regular season with a perfect record (9-0-0) for the second time under 13th-year head coach Greg DeVito. Eastern has won five straight while Framingham (8-8-2) is 1-2-2 in its last five. Both teams are the leaders in their respective conferences. The Warriors improved to 5-0-0 all-time against the Rams.

Emmanuel Agyemang was awarded the penalty kick after Patrick was taken down in the top left corner of the box by Josh Ofosu and cleanly sent the 12-yarder inside the right post, just beyond the dive of the Framingham keeper, to give Eastern the early lead with 5:12 gone. Emmanuel had set up his own PK when he won the ball at midfield and carried down the middle of the field before passing to Patrick on the left side. Patrick won the ball and Ofosu grabbed him around the waist and pulled him down in order to stop him. On the next possession, sophomore midfielder Will Toomey (Willington) won junior defender David Noel's (Armonk, NY) throw-in and slid the ball to  Patrick Agyemang, stationed 12 yards out. Patrick looped a shot that bounced off the right side of the crossbar to the foot of freshman Andres Mayuri (West Hartford), who beat Framingham defender Eric Amoateng to the ball and one-timed the short-hop rebound under the keeper from six yards at 6:09 for his seventh goal of the year.

The Warriors unloaded 12 of their game total of 15 shots in the first half, when they carried a 4-1 lead into the locker room. Eastern made it 3-0 in the 29th minute when Toomey worked a give-and-go with senior midfielder Justin Jensen (Wethersfield) and drilled his third goal of the year under the crossbar.

Framingham got one back in the 37th minute on junior midfielder Bryce Nardizzi's (Framingham, MA) team-leading eighth goal of the year on a drive which rattled the left post, but the Warriors answered immediately on senior forward Max Parent's (Yarmouth, MA) third goal of the season on assists from Will Toomey and senior defender Sam Hurlburt (Cornwall).

Eastern junior Kyle Boutot (Tolland) needed only two saves to record his 15th win in 17 starts. Making his fifth career start,  Framingham freshman James Hartshorn (Chelmsford, MA) stopped five shots, four in the first half.

At left: Jake Pendl found himself tangled up in black in the second half of Tuesday's 4-1 win over Framingham State. (Photo by Sara Pisanelli)

Eastern recognized its seven departing seniors -- all of them four-year members of the program -- and their families following the match: Hurlburt, Jensen, Parent, Zach Kulman (Stafford Springs), Griffin Luczek (Lee, NH), Nick Starkowski (Marlborough), and Jackson Toomey (Willington).

Eastern closes out the regular season Saturday in a Little East Conference match at Plymouth State University and the top-seeded Warriors host an LEC playoff semifinal Thursday, Nov. 7 at McCarthy Field.