NEW LONDON, Conn. – Senior forward Griffin Luczek (Lee, NH) scored his first two goals of the season – his first coming on his team's second shot in the 11th minute – as the Eastern Connecticut State University men's soccer team rolled to its sixth season-opening win, 5-1, over Mitchell College in a non-conference match Wednesday afternoon at Alumni Field.
Now 6-0-0 for the second time in the last five years, Eastern scored twice on penalty kicks and was within eight minutes of its fifth shutout of the season before Mitchell (1-3-1) broke through for its only goal. Eastern has outscored its opponent this year, 21-2, and after outshooting Mitchell, 24-8, holds a 144-46 advantage in shots.
Freshman forward Ryan Sirois (Tolland) scored off the bench for his first career goal for Eastern to make it 3-0 with three minutes left in the first half, after Luczek and junior transfer Emmanuel Agyemang (East Hartford) had given Eastern a 2-0 lead by scoring 19 minutes apart. Agyemang recorded his second goal of the year on a penalty kick. Junior forward Jake Szymko (Upton, MA) added his second goal of the season and first assist off the bench. Junior midfielder Lucas Chaude (Montville) also chipped in an assist off the bench.
All three keepers saw time, combining for two saves. Junior Kyle Boutot (Tolland) improved to 6-0-0 in playing the first 70 minutes. Junior Jack VanRooyen (Wayland, MA) and in his debut, freshman Sam Alvis (Armonk, NY), closed out the win.
Eastern also began the 2015 season at 6-0-0 before tying Plymouth State University on the road in its Little East Conference opener and losing at Gordon College before winning its next three on the way to a 14-4-1 final record.
Eastern opens LEC play Saturday at 1 p.m., hosting Massachusetts Dartmouth at Rick McCarthy Field. The teams have traded shutouts the last five times they have met, UMD winning three of them. Last year, Eastern ended a run of four straight shutout losses at Cressy Field in a 3-0 win. The Warriors did not allow a corner kick in that match, and keeper Ryan Murphy needed only one save.