Trinity Men's Soccer Blanked In Home Opener By Connecticut College

Alistair Matule '21
Alistair Matule '21

Hartford, Conn. - Senior forward Christian Murphy (Newport News, Va.) scored twice to lead the visiting Connecticut College Camels to a 3-0 victory over the Trinity College Bantams in New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) men's soccer action this evening at Trinity Soccer Field.  Trinity, playing in its home opener, falls to 1-4 overall and 0-3 in the NESCAC, while the No. 21-ranked Camels stay perfect at 5-0 overall and 2-0 in the league with sixth consecutive win over the Bantams.  Trinity hosts NESCAC rival Colby on Saturday at 2 p.m. and the Camels visit league foe Hamilton the same day at 1:30 p.m.  

After just three shots were taken over the game's first 27 minutes, Murphy gave the Camels a 1-0 lead when he got behind the Trinity defense on the left flank and shot past Bantam sophomore goalie Andrew Clark (Short Hill, N.J.) at the 27:30 mark.  Both teams finished with just two shots on goal in the first half, but Camel sophomore A.J. Marcucci (West Chester, Pa.) made two saves before intermission and the Camels led, 1-0, after 45 minutes. 

Connecticut College broke the game open early in the second half, when senior forward Uzii Dieng (Brooklyn, N.Y.) scored on a sneaky pass inside the box by classmate Ben Highton (Darien, Conn.) in the 49th minute and fed Murphy for another goal just over three minutes later.  The Trinity offense did not threaten in the second stanza, but rookie goalkeeper Everett Lyons (Southport, Conn.) provided some highlights for the home squad with several acrobatic stops among his five saves after entering the game for his collegiate debut with 27:28 left.  Clark had two saves in his 62:32 of play, and Marcucci finished with four for Connecticut College.