Willimantic, Conn. - September 16, 2012 - In a rematch of last season's NCAA Championship First Round meeting, the Springfield College men's soccer team was defeated by Eastern Connecticut State, 2-0, on Sunday afternoon.
When these two teams met in the NCAA's last season, the Warriors also prevailed by a score of 2-0.
The loss drops Springfield to 1-6 this season, while ECSU improved to 6-0. For Springfield, four of its first five losses had come by one goal, including two in overtime.
After a scoreless first half, ECSU struck just 45 seconds into the second stanza. Matt Furman’s goal came on Eastern’s first shot of the second half on a diving off a beautiful cross across the box from junior midfielder Carl Stensland. Cory Tobler followed eight minutes later with a blistering ground ball from the right side on a long pass from Furman.
ECSU goalie Jordan Munsell needed one acrobatic save to preserve the two-goal lead on a header from in close by Springfield sophomore midfielder Zach Dutter minutes after Tobler’s goal. Dutter was able to control the rebound, but sent it over the cross bar for the Pride’s last threat.
Chris Walton made two saves as he suffered the loss for the Pride in his first start of the season, while Munsell notched four stops to earn the victory.
For the game, each team posted 13 shots, with each getting four shots on goal. ECSU held a 7-5 edge in corner kicks.
The Pride will not play again until Saturday afternoon when it travels to take on Wheaton in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) play.