PATCHOGUE, N.Y. -- For the second time in five years, the Eastern Connecticut State University men's soccer team has opened its second with five straight wins, routing St. Joseph's College (L.I.), 4-1 Saturday afternoon at Danzi Stadium.
While St. Joseph's (0-4-0) was not able to become the first team to defeat Eastern (5-0-0) this year, the Golden Eagles did become the first team to score on the Warriors when Rayneri Ruiz beat Eastern junior keeper Kyle Boutot (Tolland) with a drive from the top of the box that tied the match in the opening minutes of the second half. The goal has been the only one allowed by Eastern in 450 minutes this season and ended Boutot's personal scoreless streak at 375 minutes this year.
While Eastern was shutting down its opponent once again this year – amassing a 24-8 advantage in shots and 8-2 in corner kicks, sophomore forward Patrick Agyemang (East Hartford) was busy recording his second hat trick in the last three matches, giving him a team-leading seven goals this year and 16 in just 24 career games.
Agyemang's first goal in the 26th minute on assists from senior Griffin Luczek (Lee, NH) and freshman Andres Mayuri (West Hartford) stood up through the half before Ruiz – the only St. Joseph's player to score a goal this year – tied the match in the 49th minute. Agyemang countered immediately for Eastern, however, putting the Warriors ahead for good in the 53red minute by beating Golden Eagle keeper Tyler Flaherty far side from the left side, then making it 3-1 in the 65th minute. Mayuri's third goal of the year on an assist from junior transfer Emmanuel Agyemang (East Hartford) – his first assist at Eastern -- added insurance with 15 minutes left.
The Agyemang brothers combined for nine shots, with Mayuri also unloading six.
Boutot and junior Jack Van Rooyen (Wayland, MA) combined in goal, each being called upon for one save. Rooyen closed out the win by shutting out the hosts over the final nine minutes.
In 2015, Eastern also allowed only one goal in winning its first five matches. That team won its first six and was unbeaten in its first seven and went on to a 14-4-1 overall record.
Eastern visits Mitchell College Wednesday at 4 p.m. before opening defense of its 2018 Little East Conference regular-season title by hosting Massachusetts Dartmouth Saturday at Rick McCarthy Field.