NEW LONDON, Conn. – The Connecticut College men's soccer team kept its unbeaten record intact by registering a convincing 4-1 victory over Endicott on Tuesday afternoon at Silfen Field. The Camels have won all three of their matches against teams which advanced to last season's NCAA Tournament.
Senior Christian Murphy (Newport News, Va.) set up two consecutive goals to help the Camels establish control. He first sent a cross from the left side which was finished by senior Ben Highton (Darien, Conn.) in the 13th minute to give the hosts a 1-0 lead which they took into the break. Early in the second half, the midfielder took a corner kick from the right side which was headed home by sophomore Liam Donelan (Milton, Mass.) to double the margin in the 58th minute of the match.
Endicott (1-4) started to gain more opportunities to score after the second Camel goal and nearly got on the board when Jamie Becker headed a shot which sailed wide left in the 67th minute. Less than a minute later, the Gulls earned a penalty kick and cut the margin in half when Evan Couchot booted the ball past sophomore goalkeeper AJ Marcucci (West Chester, Pa.). It was just the first goal surrendered all season by the Camels.
Connecticut College, however, quickly recovered and scored two more times to put the match away. Highton finished a pass made by senior Uzii Dieng (Brooklyn, N.Y.) from the right endline in the 75th minute, and sophomore Liam Noonan (Calabasas, Calif.) scored against an unprotected Jack Bacon shortly before time expired.
Marcucci picked up the victory between the pipes by only needing to make two saves for Connecticut College, which outshot the Gulls by a 17-6 margin and had an 8-4 advantage in corner kicks. Bacon turned away three shots in the losing effort.
Connecticut College (3-0) will next face another formidable non-conference opponent when it welcomes UMass Boston to Freeman Field on Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m. The Beacons have advanced to three of the last five NCAA Tournaments and have recorded five straight winning campaigns.