Hartford, Conn. – Trinity senior Scott Brazina (Concord, Mass.) and sophomore Henry Farr (Philadelphia, Pa.) each found the back of the net in the first half to lift the Bantams to a 2-1 victory over the Eastern Connecticut State University Warriors in non-conference men's soccer action on Tuesday evening in Hartford. This is the sixth straight year the Bantams have defeated the Warriors as Trinity improves to 4-9-1 overall while Eastern Connecticut State falls to 7-7-1 on the year. The Bantams return to action next Wednesday at home for Senior Night and their final regular season matchup against the Amherst College Mammoths in New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) action.
Trinity dominated possession for a majority of the game although Eastern had its chances late. The Bantams won the shot battle, 22-7, and earned six corners to just one from the Warriors. Trinity senior tri-captain Mateo Zabala (Medellin, Colombia) made four saves in net for the win while Warrior rookie goaltender Kyle Boutot (Tolland, Conn.) stopped eight shots after coming on to start the second half in goal.
Trinity came out strong in the first half and took an early 1-0 lead when senior tri-captain Cody Savonen (Orleans, Mass.) slotted the ball on the ground across the box for Brazina to put away in the 13th minute. Five minutes later, Farr collected a loose ball in the box off a cross in from junior Alex Steel (Weston, Mass.) and fired it in the corner past Eastern's starting goaltender Ryan Murphy (Cromwell, Conn.). Bantam rookie George Jean-Claude (Norfolk, Mass.) nearly made it a 3-0 game during the 25th minute when he turned with the ball in space on the far sideline and fired a laser on goal, but Murphy was able to corral the attempt to keep it out of the back of the net. Eastern's best scoring opportunity in the first 45 minutes came on a set piece by Griffin Luczek (Lee, N.H.) that found the head of JD Stearns (Bolton, Conn.), but Stearns' shot attempt sailed just high of the top crossbar.
After halftime, the Warriors picked up the pace, and finally broke through the Bantams' defense, anchored by senior Alex Bednarek (Berlin, Conn.), junior Alex Steel (Weston, Mass.), and first-years Henry Belt (Brookline, Mass.) and James Marden (Marblehead, Mass.). In the 76th minute, first year Danny Shayler (Avon, Conn.) beat two Trinity defenders to get a shot past Zabala but Trinity went on to close the door and hold onto the one-goal victory.