Bears Can't Complete Comeback, Fall to Ephs 2-1

Greg Burnham
Greg Burnham

NEW LONDON, Conn. – Williams used two second half goals to top Coast Guard 2-1 in non-conference action Tuesday afternoon.

With the loss, the Bears fall to 8-3-1 on the season while the Ephs are now 6-1-3 overall.

Junior Greg Burnham scored Coast Guard's only goal in the second half for his first of the season. Burnham's goal was assisted by sophomore Brock Hassett.

Senior Marc Sisco-Tolomeo and sophomore Bobby Fabricant each scored for Williams while sophomore Kyle Brady and freshman Nick Ranieri both had assists.

Coast Guard held the majority of the possession in the first half with their best opportunity coming in the 12th minute when junior Patrick Palermo-Re fired a shot on goal that was blocked. The rebound went to the feet of classmate Alex Hall who one timed a shot on goal. Senior goalkeeper Bobby Schneiderman dove to his left and pushed the ball out of play for a Bears corner kick.

After a scoreless first half, the Ephs used 31 seconds to take a 2-0 lead starting in the 52nd minute as Brady hit a corner kick to the back post. Sisco-Tolomeo ran free to the service and headed the ball back to the opposite post for his second of the season and the early 1-0 lead.

Sisco-Tolomeo's goal ended a shutout streak of 587:05 for the Bears who have held their last five opponents scoreless.

Moments later Fabricant found space down the middle of the field and dribbled into the Coast Guard penalty box. Just after a touch into the box he fired a shot into the left corner for his first of the season and the 2-0 lead with 51:37 left in the game.

The Bears attempted to come back as Hassett sent a free kick into the box from the left flank. Burnham met the cross and headed it just over the hands of Schneiderman cutting Williams lead in half at 2-1.

Coast Guard seemed to have the tying goal late as the Bears put home another set piece but was called back due to a foul as the game ended 2-1.

Senior Jake Sorenson (5-2-1) made four saves on six shots on goals allowing the two goals.

Schneiderman (6-1-3) made three saves on four shots on goal allowing only his fifth goal of the season.

Coast Guard is back in action on Saturday, October 14th, when they travel to Worcester, Massachusetts to take take on the WPI Engineers in NEWMAC action. Opening kickoff is 12:00.