GORHAM, MAINE – Junior Lukas Benedetto scored 2:38 into overtime leading Coast Guard to a 2-1 come-from-behind win over Salve Regina at the Southern Maine Invitational.
Jake Weinshank from Salve Regina had the only goal of the first half in the 26th minute as the Seahawks led 1-0 at halftime.
Coast Guard senior tri-captain Matthew Bogdan tied the game in the 57th minute with sophomore Caelan Harshaw adding the assist.
Bendetto's goal in overtime gave Coast Guard its 11th win in the last 12 years in season openers. Senior tri-captain John Tarzian and freshman Austin Read assisted on the game-winning goal.
Senior Richie Burns made six saves in goal for Coast Guard, which outshot Salve Regina 14-11.
"It was a great start to the season for us, " said Coast Guard head coach Chris Parsons. "We gave up a quirky goal in the first half, but had the better of play and equalized in the second half, overall it was a solid performance."
The Bears are back in action on Saturday when they take on Bridgewater State at the Southern Maine Invitational at 1 p.m.
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December 16, 2014 Honors Keep Rolling in for Burns
December 12, 2014 Burns Named 2nd team All-American by NSCAA
December 10, 2014 Burns Named 1st team All-New England by NSCAA
December 3, 2014 Men’s Soccer Receive NSCAA Team Academic Award
November 15, 2014 Coast Guard Falls in the First Round of the NCAA Tournament
November 13, 2014 Men’s NCAA First Round Game against Catholic Preview
November 12, 2014 Parsons and Conn. Coach Riker Share Friendship, Postseason Success
November 12, 2014 Two From Men’s Soccer Cited by NEWMAC, Parsons Coach of the Year
November 10, 2014 Bears Selected for NCAA Tournament
November 8, 2014 Coast Guard Falls to WPI in NEWMAC Semifinals
November 7, 2014 Burns Leads the way for the Bears
November 3, 2014 Rath Named to Academic All-Conference Team
November 1, 2014 Coast Guard Comes from Behind to Tie Springfield
October 28, 2014 Burns Named NEWMAC and ECAC Defensive Player of the Week
October 25, 2014 Bears and Lyons Play to a Scoreless Draw
October 21, 2014 Bears Climb Nine Spots to #14 Nationally
October 21, 2014 Bears Play to a Scoreless Draw with Warriors
October 20, 2014 Burns Named CGASports.com Athlete of the Week
October 20, 2014 Benedetto Named NEWMAC Offensive Player of the Week
October 18, 2014 Benedetto Carries Bears to Key NEWMAC Victory
October 14, 2014 Bears Return to Top 25
October 11, 2014 Furry Propels Bears to Overtime Victory
October 7, 2014 Underclassmen Carry Bears to Convincing Victory
October 6, 2014 Lane Named CGASPORTS.COM Athlete of the Week
October 4, 2014 Lane’s Brilliant Strike Wins it for Bears
October 1, 2014 Big Second Half Leads Bears Past Mitchell
September 30, 2014 Bears Move up to 4th in New England Rankings
September 27, 2014 Bears Drop First Game of the Season
September 23, 2014 Bears Bring Home Whale Cup
September 23, 2014 Bears Crack D3soccer.com Top 25 for First Time
September 22, 2014 Tarzian Named NEWMAC Offensive Player of the Week
September 20, 2014 Tarzian Goal Lifts Bears over Babson in Double Overtime
September 15, 2014 Bears Stay Undefeated with 2-1 Victory over Pioneers
September 13, 2014 Telang's Late Goal Lifts Bears Over Mariners
September 10, 2014 Bears Come From Behind to Remain Undefeated
September 10, 2014 Bears Ranked 8th in New England
September 6, 2014 Tarzian's late Goal Lifts Bears Over Buccaneers
August 30, 2014 Lane Goal Keeps Bears Unbeaten
August 29, 2014 Benedetto Goal in OT Lifts Bears to Season-Opening Win