HARTFORD, Conn. – The Eastern Connecticut State University men's soccer team has opened its season with four shutout wins for the second time in five years, getting an early second-half goal from senior Sam Hurlburt (Cornwall) and a a late one from senior Max Parent (Yarmouth, MA) in a 2-0 non-conference victory over Trinity College Tuesday evening.
Junior keeper Kyle Boutot (Tolland) posted his third straight full shutout in goal, needing only three saves as his defense allowed Trinity (1-2-0) but six shots. Boutot has been perfect in 326 minutes in net this year for Eastern (4-0-0) as his defense has allowed opponents an average of less than eight total shots per game.
Hurlburt and Parent both scored their first goals of the season Tuesday, Hurlburt's beating first-half keeper Andrew Clark less than 12 minutes into the second half, and Parent allowed the Warriors to finally break through for an insurance goal against keeper Everett Lyons with 3:11 left. Freshman midfielder Andres Mayuri (West Hartford) was credited with his second assist and sixth point of the season on Hurlburt's marker.
The Warriors amassed a 15-6 advantage in shots and held a 7-2 margin in corner kicks, outshooting the hosts 11-3 and holding them without a corner during their two-goal second half.
In his fourth career start (all this year), Boutot made three saves.
After losing six straight matches in this series with Trinity (four by shutout), the Warriors won their second straight Tuesday.
Eastern visits St. Joseph's College (L.I.) Saturday at noon in a non-conference match.