WORCESTER, Mass. – Junior keeper Kyle Boutot (Tolland) made sophomore midfielder Will Toomey's (Willington) header inside the final four minutes of the first half stand up as the Eastern Connecticut State University men's soccer team opened its road season with a 1-0 win over WPI Wednesday evening at Alumni Stadium.
Boutot made six saves to extend his scoreless streak this year to 146 minutes and post his first career full match shutout in his second start. Toomey's career third goal off a cross from freshman midfielder Jared Caroline (South Windsor) carried over the head of WPI (1-1-0) junior keeper Rufus Adams as Eastern (2-0-0) recorded its second shutout in two starts this year. The point was the first for Caroline, one of three newcomers in Eastern's starting lineup.
It was the first meeting ever between the two programs. The Warriors, 15-4-0 last year, were picked for first in this year's Little East Conference pre-season poll while WPI, 12-3-3 last year, was picked for second in the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) pre-season poll. The Engineers were ranked among New England's Top 10 all of last year.
Toomey sent the ball to the upper right corner of the net for his first goal of the season, with 3:30 left in the first half.
The hosts outshot Eastern, 18-7 with Adams allowing Eastern to score on half of its shots on goal.
Eastern hosts Lasell University Saturday at 1 p.m. in a non-conference match at Rick McCarthy Field. The Warriors have shut out the Lazers by a combined 7-0 in the first meetings in the series the last two years.