Oct. 2, 2010
MANSFIELD, CT - Sophomore midfielder Jon DeCasanova (Glastonbury, CT) and freshman back Mike Radlbeck (Westbrook, CT) scored 12 minutes apart as the Eastern Connecticut State University men's soccer team won for the first time this year after trailing in the second half in a 2-1 Little East Conference victory over the University of Massachusetts Boston Saturday afternoon at the Mansfield Outdoor Complex.
The win was the first at home this year for Eastern (7-2-1, 2-1-0 little east) after a loss and tie and is the Warriors' 11th straight over UMass Boston (1-8-0, 0-3-0 little east) dating back to 2000. Eastern is ranked No. 6 in New England.
Trailing 1-0, Eastern tied the match with 17 minutes left on DeCasanova's fourth goal of the season. On a re-start near midfield, sophomore back Jordan Munsell (Waterford, CT) sent the ball back to junior back Aaron Smiles (Bedford, MA), who chipped the ball from a spot ten yards behind midfield to a wide-open DeCasanova, who caught up to the serve on the third bounce and beat sophomore keeper Brycen Dowd (Mansfield, MA) with a flip shot that looped over the charging Dowd's head and bounced into the goal.
With just over five minutes left minutes left, Radlbeck one-timed a served ball from sophomore back Ryan McCormack (Shelton, CT) following Smiles' re-start inside the right post, beyond the dive of Dowd for the game-winner. The goal was the first in the career of Radlbeck, who had two previous shots in the game saved by Dowd.
Eastern senior keeper Rick Emery (Brewster, NY) won his career first decision in his first appearance this year (ninth of his career). Emery played the second half in relief of junior starter Carl Appel (West Windsor, NJ).
UMass had lost seven straight entering play but played the Warriors even in the first half, then took a 1-0 lead midway through the second half. Senior back Alex Cavallero (Lenox, MA) began the scoring play with a free kick and sophomore midfielder Reyn Johnson (Mangilao, Guam) later won the ball near midfield and sent a pass to sophomore midfielder Victor Costa (Malden, MA) in the middle of the field. Costa immediately found freshman forward Stefanos Galouzis (Watertown, MA) streaking down the right flank. Galouzis caught up to the bouncing pass behind the Eastern defense and slipped a ground ball under Emery from close range.
Five minutes into the second half, UMass lost the services of sophomore back Verly Jean (Somerville, MA) , who was injured while slide-tackling an Eastern player in the box. Jean did not return.
UMass Boston is back in action on Tuesday, October 5 when they play at Emerson College while Eastern hosts Montclair State University the same day at 7 p.m.
*Courtesy of the ECSU Sports Information Dept.