New London, Conn. - Visiting Trinity College finished with a 9-to-8 shooting advantage but the Connecticut College Camels scored both of the game's goals in a 4:05 span, as the Bantams fell, 2-0, in a New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) men's soccer game this afternoon on Tempel Green. Trinity drops to 1-6 overall and 0-5 in the NESCAC with its fifth loss in a row, while the Camels, ranked No. 4 in New England, improves to 6-0-2 overall and 3-0-2 in the league with their third consecutive victory. Trinity, off to its worst start since 2006, will visit NESCAC rival Bates on Saturday at 2 p.m.
Neither offense could get much going early until Trinity senior tri-captain forward Cody Savonen (Orleans, Mass.) got off the game's first shot-on-goal in the 22nd minute, but the bid from the left wing was saved by Camel freshman goalie A.J. Marcucci (West Chester, Pa.). Moments later, the Bantams were whistled for a foul in the box during a Connecticut College corner kick, and junior midfielder Ben Manoogian (Peabody, Mass.) was awarded a penalty kick that he pushed past Trinity senior tri-captain goalkeeper Mateo Zabala (Paterson, N.J.) with a low shot to Zabala's left 25:23 into the game. After Trinity first-year midfielder Avee Vadgama (Mumbai, India) missed just wide left from 35 yards away with a blast from straight-on, the Camels took a 2-0 lead when freshman back Justin Miranda (Winchester, Mass.) assisted junior forward Ben Highton (Darien, Conn.) from the left flank to the middle with 15:32 remaining before the break. Zabala kept the Trinity deficit at a pair when he dove to stop Camel junior back Evan Roy (Chicopee, Mass.) on a one-on-one shot from the right flank for his only save of the game in the 42nd minute.
The teams totaled just seven shots and one on goal in the second half, but Savonen nearly got the Bantams on the board just 26 seconds after intermission when his blast from the middle sailed just right of the post. Bantam junior midfielder David Grant (Winslow, Maine) sent a hard shot slightly over the cross bar from 40n yards away in the 78th minute, Bantam rookie midfielder Nigel Gustave (Baltimore, Md.) forced Marcucci to make the only save of the second half in the 83rd minute, and Savonen lofted a shot from just inside the box in the 84th minute that nearly snuck into the upper left corner of the goal. Marcucci had two stops for Connecticut College.