Men's Soccer Opens Northeast Conference Play with 2-0 Victory Against Central Connecticut State
Emmitsburg, Md. (September 30, 2011)--Goalkeeper Peter Steve made six saves to record his third consecutive shutout as Mount St. Mary's opened Northeast Conference play with a 2-0 win over Central Connecticut State on Friday.
Freshman Zoncher Dennis gave the Mount (4-3-1, 1-0-0 NEC) the early lead when he buried a volley on a nice feed from Chris Wheeler in the sixth minute. It was Dennis' team-leading seventh goal, and his sixth scored over the past three games.
On the play, Wheeler has possession of the ball in the middle and was able to thread a great pass to Dennis, who volleyed the ball over the keeper's head from just outside the box on the right side.
Mount St. Mary's had a great scoring chance midway through the first half, but Alex Ockford's header clanged off the cross bar.
Ockford, however, didn't miss on his header off a corner kick in the 63rd minute as he pushed the Mount advantage to 2-0. Ian Hendrie picked up his team-leading fifth assist when he sent a perfect cross to the middle on the corner kick, and Ockford buried the chance.
Central Connecticut State (3-6-0, 0-1-0) had several scoring chances late in the game, but Steve came up with three saves over the final 20 minutes to preserve his third consecutive shutout.
Each team had 10 shots and four corner kicks in the contest. Steve paced the Mount with six saves while Anthony Occhialini had four saves for the Blue Devils.
The Mountaineers return to action on Sunday, October 2, when St. Francis (N.Y.) visits Waldron Family Stadium for a 3:00 p.m. game.
Game Notes: The Mount improved to 4-0 at home this season, outscoring the opposition 11-1 in those games...Dennis has six goals over the past three games, including a four-goal effort against La Salle on September 24...He now leads the team with 15 points (7g, 1a), followed by Hendrie (2g, 5a, 9 pts) and Wheeler (2g, 2a, 6 pts).