Hartford, Conn. - Sophomore Patrick Kennedy (Weymouth, Mass.) and rookie Andrew Shea (Somerset, Mass.) both scored their first career goals while first-year goalie Everett Lyons (Southport, Conn.) picked up his first career win in net to lead the Trinity College men's soccer team to a 2-0 shutout of Western New England University on Wednesday night in Hartford. The Bantams improve to 2-5 overall and snap a five-game losing skid while the Golden Bears fall to 6-2-2 on the year.
Both Bantam goals came in the first half to give the hosts a 2-0 advantage at the half, one they did not relinquish. Shea broke the scoreless tie in the 27th minute thanks to a beautiful pass from rookie Logan Peterson (Nottingham, Md.). Peterson somehow managed to sneak a pass through the back wall of Golden Bear defenders positioned in the box. The ball landed at Shea's feet, before he fired a shot past WNE goaltender Sam Brewer (Westford, Mass.) for the early 1-0 lead.
Trinity doubled the advantage in the 44th minute when Kennedy launched a ball from deep that lofted over the out-stretched arm of Brewer and into the corner of the net. Junior Massimo Eichner (Bethesda, Md.) was credited with the assist on the play. The Bantams took the two-goal lead into the half and held on to the victory thanks largely in part to a strong effort in goal by Lyons.
Lyons finished with six saves on the evening in his first career shutout victory. He needed to make four saves in the second half, none bigger than during the 76th minute when he shut the door on a shot by Josh Loomis (Jefferson, N.J.) off a Golden Bear corner, keeping the lead intact. WNE fired eight shots in the second half after managing just two during the first 45 minutes but the Bantam defense did a solid job at limiting any true scoring opportunities.
Trinity returns to the pitch on Saturday for a New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) battle versus Bates at 2 p.m.