Men's Soccer: Regionally-Ranked Babson Sends Warriors to First Road Loss in a Month

Men's Soccer: Regionally-Ranked Babson Sends Warriors to First Road Loss in a Month

Photo by Sara Pisanelli

BABSON PARK, Mass.— The regionally-ranked Babson College men's soccer team got a goal six minutes into play and limited Eastern Connecticut State University to three shots in a 3-0 non-conference victory Wednesday evening at MacDowell Field.

The loss ended an overall four-match winning streak for Eastern (12-3-0) and was the Warriors' first on the road after three straight victories and first away from home in a month.

Three players scored a goal and junior goalkeeper Austin Mankouski  recorded a three-save shutout for Babson (8-2-4), ranked tenth in New England and eighth in the NCAA regional poll. The match was only the second this year for Eastern against a team ranked in this week's New England poll. The Warriors have been outscored5-0 and outshot 28-7 in those two losses.

In a series which dates back to Eastern's 1-0 win over Beavers in the 1969 NAIA New England Regional Tournament, Eastern had captured two of the last three against Babson, but the Beavers got the only goal they needed less than six minutes into play Wednesday. The one-goal lead remained for 30 minutes before the hosts added a second goal ten minutes before the half, then closed out the win with a third with 14 minutes left.

Senior Noah Parker, junior Chris Czarnecki  and freshman  Robert Dunne each had a goal for the Beavers.

Mankouski kept his second clean sheet in as many starts this season, while senior Ryan Murphy (Cromwell) and sophomore Kyle Boutot (Tolland) combined to make three saves for the Warriors. Murphy left on the short end of 2-0 score after the first half.

Boutot made the save of the game in the 70th minute to push  junior Ben Holman's 25-yard blast over the crossbar, but could do nothing to deny Dunne's first career marker in the 77th minute. Greenspan's left-footed strike hit the right post but Dunne was there to clean up the rebound to make it 3-0. In eight games off the bench Boutot is 2-0-0 with a 0.56 goals-against average and .875 save percentage.

Eastern was held without a shot over the final 70 minutes , but had the first real scoring chance less than two minutes into play, but Mankouski dove to his left to deny freshman forward and leading scorer Patrick Agyemang's (East Hartford) shot from the left side of the box for the first of his three first-half saves.

The Beavers finished with a 16-3 edge in shots and a slim 6-5 advantage in corner kicks.

Eastern  visits the University of Southern Maine Saturday at 1 p.m. in a key Little East Conference match. Already assured of an 11th LEC playoff berth in 12 years under head coach Greg DeVito, Eastern needs one win in its first two regular-season conference matches to earn a first-round playoff bye as one of the top two seeds.