KINGS POINT, N.Y.-Senior Robert Copeland scored his second goal of the season in the 20th minute and junior Richie Burns made four saves as the Coast Guard men's soccer team won a 1-0 decision over archrival Merchant Marine on Saturday. The victory was the second in a row for the Bears (3-0-1) over the Mariners (2-4-0) but was their first via shutout since 1999.
Coast Guard held a narrow 9-8 edge in shots for the match with the breakthrough coming at the 19:54 mark of the first half when Copeland took a pass from junior Matthew Bogdan and put a shot down the middle from 10 yards out. The assist from Bogdan was his first point of the season.
Burns' (3-0-1) four saves preserved his third shutout of the season – in four starts – as he lowered his goals against average to a miniscule 0.24 while raising his save percentage to a staggering .944.
Coast Guard's aggression led to them holding a 5-2 edge in corner kicks while fouls were even at 13 apiece.
Senior Gary Poulin (2-4-0) was the tough-luck loser for the Mariners, despite making four saves of his own.
Coast Guard returns to action on Monday, September 16th at 6:00 when they travel to take on Mass. Maritime. The Bears will return home on Saturday, September 21st when they host Babson in their New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference opener at 12:00 pm.
Head Coach Chris Parsons: