NEW LONDON, Conn.-Seniors Joe Bodzewski and Robert Copeland each registered their first goals of the season and the Coast Guard men's soccer team opened up their 2013 campaign with a 3-0 victory over the University of Southern Maine. Senior Matt Epperly was involved in the first two scoring chances for the Bears as he recorded a pair of assists on the night.
Bodzewski scored just 14 seconds into the second half, in the 46th minute, to give the Bears a 1-0 advantage. The play was set up when Copeland played a ball into the box from the wing and Epperly one-touched the ball over to Bodzewski on the edge 6-yard box who then tapped a one-timer past freshman keeper Matthew Willis.
The second goal of the match was scored in the 52nd minute when Epperly connected on a long pass to Copeland down the middle of the field. Copeland took a pair of touches before beating Willis nearside for the 2-0 Coast Guard advantage.
The Bears dominated the game from the outset with their aggressive style of play which led to a 26-5 advantage in shots (7-2 on goal), as well as being called for 12 fouls compared to 10 for Southern Maine. Coast Guard was also called for offside 3 times to the Huskies' 1. The Bears also held a big advantage in corner kicks, as they tallied a 12-2 advantage in that department.
Southern Maine junior Alex Klein was issued a yellow card in the 53rd minute for an overly aggressive foul.
The only real moment of concern came in the 54th minute as Epperly came out of the game as the results of an apparent leg injury. He was on his feet shortly after being examined by the trainer and is not expected to miss any time moving forward.
In the 83rd minute, Bodzewski added his second goal of the evening on a breakaway attempt with senior John Rendon picking up his first assist of the season to provide the final margin.
Junior goalkeeper Richie Burns recorded two saves for the Bears to preserve the shutout.
The win is the tenth for the Bears in their last 11 season-openers, dating back to the 2003 season, when Coast Guard beat Elms 3-2. With the victory, Coast Guard improves to 4-0-0 against Southern Maine, dating back to 1972 when records began.
The Bears return to action on Saturday, September 7th when they take on SUNY-New Paltz at the St. Joseph's (L.I.) Tournament. Coast Guard will return home on Saturday, September 21st when they host Babson in their New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) opener. Game time is set for noon.
Head Coach Chris Parsons: