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Velez-Perez Propels Trinity Men’s Soccer to 3-0 Victory in Season Opener

Velez-Perez scored twice and added an assist in the Bantams' season-opening win over Emerson.
Velez-Perez scored twice and added an assist in the Bantams' season-opening win over Emerson.

Hartford, Conn. – Sophomore midfielder Eduardo Velez Perez (Toa Baja, Puerto Rico) led the Trinity College men's soccer team in its season opener Wednesday evening, scoring twice and adding an assist in the Bantams' 3-0 shutout victory over Emerson College. A two-hour weather delay pushed the game back to a start time of 9:15 p.m., but the hosts were able to lock up its first win of the new season in commanding fashion.

Trinity took its first lead of the season in the 32nd minute. Velez-Perez buried a one-timer after a Trinity corner bounced out of the 18-yard box, giving the Bantams a 1-0 lead.
The Bantams doubled its lead a mere five minutes later, and once again it was Velez-Perez to find the back of the net. Off a corner, junior John Mullin (Falmouth, Maine), received an in-swinger deep inside the six-yard box. Velez-Perez made a run, and his no-doubter made it 2-0.

Trinity struck once more in the first half, making it 3-0 in the 44th minuteas senior Max Cottrell (Dover, Mass.) scored on a beautiful set piece play. Velez-Perez took the direct kick from 20 yards out; instead of trying to swing the ball in, Cottrell lined up next to him and was fed the ball past the Emerson wall. All alone, he was able to slide in his first of the season to help the Bantams take a commanding first half lead.

Through the second half, the Bantams continued to pound the net, totaling eight shots — seven of which on frame — but couldn't light the scoreboard again. Junior goalkeeper David Kemp (London, England) finished with 10 saves for the Lions, seeing a season-high 13 shots on the evening.

Trinity's defense was stout, allowing just one shot through the game's duration. Sophomore goalkeeper Everett Lyons (Southport, Conn.) started the match, and combined with junior Andrew Clark (Short Hills, N.J.) for the team's first shutout.

The Bantams return to the pitch Saturday, September 7, and will host Clark at 1 p.m.