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October 31, 2007

 

2007 Little East Conference Menís Soccer Tournament
Semifinal Round Game

Willimantic, CT

 

 

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Final

 

#4 Rhode Island College (8-9-2)

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#1 Eastern Connecticut (11-6-2)
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FIRST HALF GOAL ENDS ANCHORMENíS SEASON
Warriors Advance to LEC Championship Game

Willimantic, CT Ė Maxim Fantlís team-leading ninth goal of the season less than three minutes into the match stood up as top-seeded Eastern Connecticut advanced to the Championship Game of the 2007 Little East Conference Menís Soccer Tournament with its second, 1-0 win, over fourth-seeded Rhode Island College in the last 11 days.

 

The Anchormen end their season with an 8-9-2 overall record, the programís first losing season in six years. Eastern hosts third-seeded and five-time playoff champion Keene State this Saturday in the title match at a time not yet determined. Keene State eliminated second-seeded University of Southern Maine, 2-1, Wednesday at Gorham, ME.

 

Fantl scored his fourth game-winning goal of the season off a free kick from Kyle Bedini, and goalkeeper Jay Barney needed only two saves to record his 22nd career full match shutout in 63 starts. Since giving up four goals to RIC as a freshman, Barney has shut out the Anchormen in his last four starts, collecting 380 shutout minutes. It was the fourth straight shutout for Barney, who lowered his conference-leading goals-against average to 0.65 and raise his conference-leading save percentage to .881.

 

Rhode Island College senior goalkeeper Jadon Neves (Warren, RI) made four saves in a losing effort. Rhode Island College outshot the Warriors, 11-8, but only three shots were on net.

 

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