NEW LONDON, Conn. – On senior day, Coast Guard made a first half goal count as they topped Wheaton 1-0 in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) action Saturday afternoon.
This is the Bears first win over Wheaton since 2008 when Coast Guard topped the Lyons 4-3 at home. This is also the Bears third straight shutout and sixth overall.
With the win, The Bears improve to 6-2-1 on the season and 2-1-0 in conference play. Wheaton falls to 3-5-2 and 0-2-1 in the NEWMAC.
Coast Guard pushed the offensive tempo from the start of the game and in the ninth minute after a shot from sophomore Patrick Palermo-Re was blocked, senior Ryan Dandan tracked down the rebound and crossed it to the back post from the right side. Senior Austin Read rose up and headed the ball back towards the far post. A Wheaton defender however met the ball at the line and knocked it out of play for a Bears corner.
Coast Guard cracked the Lyons defense in the 35th minute when freshman Daniel Taglianetti found space and sent a cross into the box. A Wheaton defender met the cross and went to clear it away but mishit the clearance and put it into the Lyons's net giving the Bears the 1-0 lead.
Just under a minute after the own goal senior goalkeeper Jake Sorenson was called upon to make a big save for the Bears as senior Amara Sesay stepped up and hit a free kick from the top of the Coast Guard penalty box. The shot was well struck towards the left corner but Sorenson dove and pushed the ball out of play ending the attack and giving the Bears a 1-0 lead going into the half.
Coast Guard had the best opportunity in the second half in the 63rd minute after a Coast Guard corner squirted out to the top of the penalty box. Junior Alex Hall collected the ball, put it on his right foot and ripped a shot towards the right upper corner. Senior goalkeeper Erik Wisniewski dove to his right and made the acrobatic save knocking the ball over the bar and out of play.
Wheaton pushed for the equalizer late but could not find it as the Bears defense held strong for their NEWMAC leading sixth shutout of the season.
Sorenson (4-1-1) made one key save on one shot on goal for his third shutout of the season.
Wisniewski (2-5-0) made seven saves on nine shots on goal allowing the one tally. The defense stepped up for the other save.
Coast Guard is back in action Monday, October 2nd when they host non-conference foe CCNY. Opening kickoff is 5:00.