MANSFIELD, Conn. – Sophomore forward Patrick Agyemang (East Hartford) scored his conference-leading 12th and 13th goals and sophomore midfielder Andres Mayuri (West Hartford) moved into a share of the conference lead by assisting three times as the Eastern Connecticut State University men's soccer team blanked the University of Southern Maine, 6-0, in a Little East Conference match Sunday afternoon at Rick McCarthy Field.
With the win, Eastern (10-1-0, 3-1-0 LEC) moves into a share of the conference lead with Rhode Island College, which defeated Eastern, 3-2, this past Wednesday at Providence. The win is the 12th straight for Eastern over Southern Maine (0-9-3, 0-3-1) – sixth straight by shutout.
Agyemang, last year's LEC Rookie-of-the-Year, recorded his third multi-goal match of the season. His goal total this year already matches the highest mark in a season in the last ten years.
Mayuri assisted on the first goal of the match and the first and third of the second half, giving him a team-high six this year.
Playing in only his second career match due to injury, first-year sophomore forward Harvey Lipman (South Glastonbury) recorded his first two points in an Eastern uniform by assisting along with Mayuri on senior midfielder Justin Jensen's (Wethersfield) first goal 18 minutes into the match and on Agyemang's second goal which gave Eastern a 4-0 lead 12 minutes into the second half.
Junior forward Danny Shayler (Avon) came off the bench to contribute his first goal of the season with 40.4 seconds left in the first half which gave the Warriors a 3-0 halftime bulge. Freshman midfielder Marcus Blair (Norwalk) came off the bench for his first collegiate point by assisting on Shayler's late first-half goal.
After allowing a combined 28 shots against LEC foes UMass Boston and Rhode Island College in its previous two matches, Eastern did not allow the Huskies a shot and limited them to one corner kick.
Sophomore Cameron Atherton and senior Dalton Cassidy combined on 11 saves in goal for Southern Maine, each allowing three goals.
Eastern visits Connecticut College Tuesday at 3 p.m. in a non-conference match. The Camels are ranked fourth in New England, 21st nationally. Eastern is ranked seventh in New England. Conn has won the last four meetings with Eastern, three by shutout.