September 15, 2012



Providence, R.I.-Freshman midfielder Tyler Pacheco (Tiverton, RI) and classmate midfielder Camilo Estrada (Pawtucket, RI) scored two goals in a 2:07 time span, but Eastern Connecticut held on to defeat Rhode Island College, 3-2, in Little East Conference menís soccer action played at the RIC Soccer Field on Saturday afternoon.


In the 13th minute, Eastern (5-0, 1-0 LEC) junior midfielder Mitch Power (Douglas, MA) struck a laser on a free kick that ricocheted off the crossbar and just over a minute later, Estrada launched a shot from the left wing that pelted the iron above Warrior senior goalkeeper Jordan Munsell (Waterford, CT) as the game remained scoreless.



 Freshman midfielder Tyler Pacheco


The offensive flood gates opened in the 16th minute as Power dumped a pass down the right side to freshman forward Tim Jennison (Coventry, CT) who turned at the goal line and laced a perfect cross to the back post for senior striker Matt Furman (Montville, CT) to head straight down over the goal line.


As the Anchormen (1-3-1, 0-1 LEC) tried to settle down, Furman connected on his second of the game on another bang-bang passing play from senior back Bradley Fletcher (Middletown, CT) in the 23rd minute.


Eastern senior forward Cory Tobler (Portland, CT) netted his first of the season in the 30th minute, with junior defenders Christopher Giustina (Enfield, CT) and Jordan Clark (Manchester, CT) picking up the helpers, to stake the visitors to a 3-0 lead.


The Warriors held a 10-4 advantage in shots and a 3-1 margin in corner kicks as the two squads broke for halftime.


Rhode Island College finally got on the board in the 52nd minute as a failed clearing attempt was settled down by sophomore defender Jeff Sampaio (West Warwick, RI). His cross from 30 yards out from the right to left side found Pacheco streaking in to score just inside the back post for his first collegiate goal. Before the Warriors could settle down, Estrada took a pass from sophomore forward Emmanuel Asiedu (Lincoln, RI) in the box to chip in his second marker of the season.


Eastern shored up its defense, packing nine players into its own zone to keep the Anchormen from scoring the rest of the way. Munsell made a highlight-reel one-armed jumping save to tip an Estrada laser over the cross bar in the 71st minute.


That turned out to be his lone save as he stayed unbeaten (5-0) on the year. RIC sophomore goalkeeper Christopher Duarte (Cumberland, RI) made four saves in a losing effort (1-3-1).


The Warriors held a 17-7 advantage in shots and a 7-4 margin in corner kicks on the day.


In upcoming action, Rhode Island College begins a four-game road trip at Bridgewater State on Tuesday, Sept. 18 (7 p.m.). The Warriors will host Springfield on Sunday, Sept. 16 (4:30 p.m.).