October 18, 2009






Mansfield, CTóSenior Maxim Fantl (West Hartford, CT) recorded  his 100th career point and senior Nicholas Boretti (Marshfield, MA) totaled a career-high five points to lift the Eastern Connecticut State University menís soccer team to a key 3-1 Little East Conference win over Rhode Island College Sunday afternoon at the Mansfield Outdoor Complex. 


In the win, Eastern (9-4-1, 3-1-0 LEC) pulls into a tie for second place with Rhode Island (5-7-2, 3-2-0 LEC), with both clubs trailing Keene State College. Keene has 12 points and Eastern and Rhode Island have nine each. Keene and Rhode Island have both played one more conference game than Eastern.


 With the score tied, 1-1, late in the first half, Fantl recorded his 100th and 101st career point in his 75th career match, pushing a shot from in close inside the right post for his team-leading 10th goal of the season.


 Boretti totaled a career-high five points with the second multiple-goal game of his career. Boretti gave Eastern a 1-0 lead in the sixth minute when he converted a sliding one-timer at the far right post on a perfectly-placed corner kick from sophomore Aaron Smiles (Bedford, MA). After Rhode Island tied the match late in the half with an own goal, Boretti helped set up Fantlís tie-breaking goal. Boretti fed sophomore Matt Esposito (East Haven), who carried and slipped the ball inside to Fantl, who found room right in front of Rhode Island junior keeper Helder Faustino (Warwick, RI).


 With the Warriors already leading 1-0, Smiles narrowly missed scoring his third goal of the season with 18 minutes left in the first half when his long free kick glanced inside the far right post, but bounced back onto the field. Three minutes after Smilesí unlucky attempt, Rhode Island had its best chance. It came when senior midfielder Ryan Kelley (Hope, RI) sent a pass all the way across the box to junior midfielder David De Melo (Fall River, MA) on the week side, but his sliding effort at the left post came just a second too late, as the ball traveled over the end line.


 ECSU's Boretti finished off the scoring with insurance goal midway through the second half. Senior Chris Bourdeau (Thompson) won a ball in the middle of the field and sent a pass on the right flank to Esposito. Despite being tightly guarded by a Rhode Island defender, Esposito carried toward the end line before sending the ball to the top of the box to an unguarded Boretti, who hammered his fourth goal of the year under the crossbar.


 Rhode Island played the final 25 minutes of the match a man down after  junior back Brian Batalau (Cumberland, RI) was sent off for a red card violation.


 Despite being charged with the own goal, Eastern sophomore netminder  Carl Appel (West Windsor, NJ) gained his 23rd career win. Appel made two saves, both in the second half. Faustino  made four saves. One came on a point-blank shot by Eastern freshman Cory Tobler (Portland) with 10 minutes left in the first half of a tie game.


 In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will play at Westfield State on Wednesday, Oct. 21.