Men’s Soccer Travels to Central Connecticut and LIU Brooklyn this Weekend

Men’s Soccer Travels to Central Connecticut and LIU Brooklyn this Weekend

MOUNT ST. MARY'S (1-7-3, 0-2-1 NEC) at CENTRAL CONNECTICUT (0-9-1, 0-3 NEC)
Friday, October 12 | 7:00 p.m.
New Britain, Connecticut

MOUNT ST. MARY'S (1-7-3, 0-2-1 NEC) at LIU BROOKLYN (7-3-1, 2-0 NEC)
Sunday, October 14 | 1:00 p.m.
Brooklyn, New York

After earning a 0-0 draw against Fairleigh Dickinson in the NEC opener two weeks ago, the Mount suffered a pair of one-goal defeats over the weekend to drop to 0-2-1 in league play. In the Mount's match with Sacred Heart on Friday, Boris Nana Tonzi put the team up 1-0 on a header in the 25th minute, but the Pioneers evened it on a late goal with just 56 seconds remaining in regulation before winning it in overtime on Elias Uyar's volley from the top of the 18. On Sunday, the Mount battled with Saint Francis U but came up just short as the Red Storm's Ryan Berhorst tallied the game winner in the 70th minute to give SFU a 3-2 win.

Nana Tonzi now leads the Mount with a pair of goals on the season after scoring on headers in both games over the weekend at Sacred Heart and Saint Francis U. Five other Mountaineers, including three freshmen, have a goal apiece. Nana Tonzi (4 pts) and Jonathan Godette (3 pts) are the team's top-two point scorers through the opening 11 games. Goalie Bobby Edwards has registered a .743 save percentage and 1.53 goals against average to go along with a pair of shutouts in 11 starts in net.

Goals: Boris Nana Tonzi (2), Five players tied (1)
Assists: Miguel Lucero (2), Jonathan Fawole (1), Jonathan Godette (1), Andrew Lasso (1)
Points: Boris Nana Tonzi (4), Jonathan Godette (3), Five players tied (2)
Shots: Jonathan Godette (23), Yann Kouemi (13), Bilal Hassane (8), Joel Tshiani (8)
Save Pct.: Bobby Edwards (.743)

The Blue Devils are still looking for their first win of the season, sitting at 0-9-1 overall and 0-3 in Northeast Conference play. CCSU has dropped a trio of one-goal games to open league action, falling to St. Francis Brooklyn (1-0), LIU Brooklyn (1-0), and Fairleigh Dickinson (2-1). Senior forward Louis Beddouri (3g) and freshman midfielder Noah Silverman (2g) have accounted for five of the team's seven goals on the year. Goalie Carson D'Ambrosio owns a .691 save percentage and 1.84 goals against average in eight starts in net.

Friday's game will mark the 16th all-time meeting between the Mount and Central Connecticut. The Blue Devils own a 9-6 advantage in the series, including a 6-2 mark on their home turf. The most recent matchup between the two programs resulted in a 4-1 CCSU victory in Emmitsburg back in 2012.

The Blackbirds remain unbeaten in NEC play at 2-0, and own a 7-3-1 overall record on the season. They opened conference action with a 2-1 overtime victory at two-time defending league champion St. Francis Brooklyn, and followed with a 1-0 triumph over CCSU this past Friday. Romario Guscott is the team's leader with 11 points (4g, 3a), and Rasmus Hansen tops the squad and ranks third in the NEC in goals (5). The Blackbirds have split time in net between three goalies, with the trio combining for a .800 save percentage while yielding 1.33 goals per game.

The Mount is 9-11-4 all-time against LIU Brooklyn, with the Blackbirds holding a 6-3-3 edge at home. In the most recent tilt between the two teams in 2012, LIU Brooklyn pulled out a 1-0 victory on its home field.

After wrapping up their three-game road swing, the Mountaineers return to Emmitsburg to face Bryant on October 19 at 7 p.m.