WILLIMANTIC, Conn.-Junior Richie Burns made ten saves and the Coast Guard men's soccer team battled to a scoreless draw against Eastern Connecticut State at Nevers Field on Tuesday afternoon. The tie moves Coast Guard to 6-6-3 on the season while Eastern Connecticut is now 9-2-4 following their third draw in their last six matches.
The first half was a scoreless affair which saw Coast Guard out-shoot the Warriors 6-5 while each team was able to record a pair of corner kicks. The second half also saw both sides put up zeroes on the scoreboard with Coast Guard once again holding the edge in shots (10-7) and gaining three corners to Eastern Connecticut's one.
The annual showdown was conducted in traditional New England autumn weather, and to no one's surprise was as physical a game as either team has played this season.
The Warriors controlled much of the first overtime period, gaining a 3-1 shots on goal advantage and recording three corner kicks compared to none for Coast Guard.
For the match Coast Guard out-shot the Warriors 19-18 and junior Richie Burns made three of his saves in overtime for the Bears while freshman Greg Walton made six saves in total for Eastern Connecticut.
The tie is the first between the two programs since 1996 and just the third all-time (all 0-0 finals). Coast Guard continues to lead the all-time series 15-9-3.
The match marks the second consecutive double overtime affair for Coast Guard who will now have a few days off before they return to action on Saturday, October 26th when they travel to Wheaton for a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference match-up at 1:00 pm.