Trinity Men's Soccer Makes Heroic Comeback, Loses In Overtime At Eastern Connecticut

Michael Burns '20
Michael Burns '20

Mansfield, Conn. - Freshman Patrick Agyemang (East Hartford, Conn.) had two goals and an assist, including the game-winner 13 minutes into overtime on a header, to lift the Eastern Connecticut State University Warriors to a 4-3 victory over the visiting Trinity College Bantams in thrilling men's soccer action this evening at Mansfield Complex.  Trinity scored three times in a 16-minute span to erase a 2-0 deficit in the second half, but Agyemang assisted on the game-tying goal before scoring the clincher to give the Warriors their first victory over the Bantams since 2007.  The Bantams drop to 1-2 with their second loss in a row and their first loss to Eastern Connecticut in the last seven between the schools, and will travel to Hamitlon for a New England Small College Athletic Conference contest on Saturday at 1:30 p.m.  Eastern Connecticut imoroves to 4-0 and will visit Keene State on Saturday at 2 p.m.

Trinity came alive in the second stanza, displaying a skilled passing game with its three goals all featuring a double assist. All three Bantam goals were also career firsts for three different sophomores, including the first by midfielder Nigel Gustave (Baltimore, Md.) who finished a give-and go with feeds by classmate Henry Belt (Brookline, Mass.) and first-year forward Logan Peterson (Nottingham, Md.) in the 47th minute.  Just under seven minutes later, Trinity midfielder Alistair Matule (Charlestown, Mass.) tied the game at 2-2 after another Peterson give-and-go that also included sophomore forward George Jean-Claude (Norfolk, Mass.).  Trinity took the lead in the 63rd minute when junior Max Cottrell (Dover, Mass.) and first-year Eduardo Velez-Perez (Toa Baja, Puerto Rico) assisted Jean-Claude on his first career marker.  

Eastern Connecticut forced overtime when freshman Joel Richards (Bridgeport, Conn.) connected off an assist from Agyemang with 18 minutes left in regulation.  oth teams had several chances to win in regulation including a shot just wide from the right wing by Bantam senior tri-captain Will Baker (Los Angeles, Calif.) in the 74th minute.  The first 10-minute extra session saw both teams apply pressure without a score, as Trinity sophomore goalkeeper Andrew Clark (Short Hills, N.J.) kept the visitors alive with two of his four saves after the 90-minute mark. Agyemang ended with his head after a cross from the left flank by fellow rookie Jackson Trierweiler (Framingham, Mass.) with 6:58 on the clock.

The evenly-matched and physical game featuring five yellow cards, 25 fouls, and a 13-all shooting tally.  The Warriors had raced to a 2-0 advantage with two goals 11 minutes part. Agyemang scored unassisted in the 19th minute, and junior Justin Jensen (Wethersfield) did the same on a rebound in the 30th minute.  Senior Ryan Murphy (Cromwell, Conn.) for the Warriors.