WILLIMANTIC, Conn. -- Eastern Connecticut State University men's soccer team captured their second consecutive Little East Conference Championship with a 3-1 win over the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth on Saturday afternoon.
The 2013-14 Little East Championship win marks the fifth win in the last seven appearances for the Warrior and earns them an at-large bid in the DIII men's soccer NCAA Tournament. The tournament times and pairings will be announced on Monday, November 11, with the opening rounds beginning on Thursday, November 15 and Friday, November 16.
Eastern Connecticut (12-3-4) broke the scoreless deadlock in the 32nd minute of the first half. A right to left cross from Freshman Nicholas Warren (Southbury, Conn.) found an unmarked Mitch Power (Douglas, Mass.) inside the box, who blasted a shot into the upper ninety of the net for his tenth mark of the season.
The Warriors took their 1-0 advantage into the half and wasted little time adding to it once play resumed.
Five minutes into the half, Eastern Connecticut senior Luke Cappezonne (Colchester, Conn.) was perfectly positioned to put home teammate Kyle Peterson's (Ivorytown, Conn.) deflected shot for his third score of the year. Cappezone's score increased the Warrior's lead to two goals.
Power was able to net his second score of the contest. After making a strong push up the far side of the pitch, the senior captain was yanked down inside the box by a defender, awarding the home team a penalty kick. Power buried the attempt for his team-leading 11th goal on the season.
The only score for the Corsairs, who were held in check by a strong Eastern Connecticut defense, came on a hand-ball by a Warrior defender inside the 18 yard box. UMass Dartmouth junior Josh Chao (New Bedford, Mass.) stepped up for the penalty kick and cut the deficit in to 3-1 with just under 17 minutes to play.
The Corsairs out shot Eastern Connecticut and attempted more corner kicks, however only produced the one score for the match.
Warrior freshman goalkeeper Greg Walton (Brunswick, Maine) stopped 10 shots in the victory, while Corsair goalkeeper Luis Carranza (New Bedford, Mass.) made four saves.
The Corsairs closed out the campaign with an overall record of 11-8.