DUDLEY, Mass.-An own goal led to a 1-0 deficit early in the second half and the Coast Guard men's soccer team dropped a 1-0 decision against Nichols in a non-conference match-up on Wednesday afternoon. With the defeat, Coast Guard falls to 6-5-2 on the season, while Nichols improves to 8-1-4 with the victory.
The win turned a three-game unbeaten streak for Nichols into a four-gamer while Coast Guard lost for the second time in three matches. The win marked yet another tremendous result in what is turning out to be quite a season for Nichols. After knocking off Clark and Springfield, and posting an impressive tie on the road against Roger Williams already this season, the Bison can now put a Coast Guard notch in their belt.
The game was a hard-fought contest, which remained scoreless through half-time despite numerous chances for each side. In the first 45 minutes, Nichols tallied eight shots and Coast Guard put up four of their own, while each team totaled three first half corner kicks.
Nichols was able to get on board first when they tallied an own goal just 25 seconds into the second half. Following a throw-in by senior Scott Palmerino, freshman Kyle Phillips' chipped it into his own goal on an attempted clear to give Nichols a 1-0 advantage in the 46th minute.
Coast Guard would come out firing after the goal, as they recorded the next three shots in the match, but were unable to put any on frame while seeking the equalizer. The game would get a little chippy from there as there were seven fouls called in between shot attempts. The evidence of a chippy game was apparent in the final foul count as there were 12 called against Nichols and 13 were whistled against the Bears.
The Bears just missed on netting an equalizer in the 80th minute when junior John Tarzian's shot clanged off the crossbar as Nichols remained a goal ahead. In the 82nd minute, Epperly's shot was saved by Chiaravalloti as Coast Guard continued with their mounted pressure.
Coast Guard's final chance came in the 87th minute when Tarzian's shot went wide of goal as Nichols hung on for the 1-0 victory.
The loss is the first for Coast Guard against the Bison all-time. The goal by Nichols was the first for the Bison against the Bears since 1998.
For the match, Coast Guard junior Richie Burns (6-3-2) made eight saves while Chiaravalloti (0-0-1) recorded four stops for the Bison as Nichols out-shot Coast Guard 15-13.
"It was another tough midweek loss for us," said Coast Guard head coach Chris Parsons. "We can't seem to find the back of the net on the road. The own goal was a bad break, but we have to move on to an important conference match against WPI on Saturday."
Coast Guard will return to action on Saturday, October 19th when they host WPI in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference contest at 11:00 am.