Saturday, Sept. 12, 2009




Defense rules as undefeated teams remain that way in inter-regional match

 MANSFIELD, Conn. – A match involving  teams with notable offenses was ruled by defense Saturday afternoon, as the Eastern Connecticut State University men’s soccer team played Ramapo College of New Jersey to a 1-1 double overtime draw at the Mansfield Outdoor Complex.

At left: Scott Mishley (2)


Ranked No. 4 in New England, Eastern (3-0-1)  tied the match witih five minutes left in the first half on a penalty kick by all-region senior forward Maxim Fantl (West Hartford), and the teams played 70 scoreless minutes the rest of the way.

Afte losing the first six matches in this series, Eastern has won two and tied one of the last five meetings against Ramapo (4-0-1).

Averaging 6.5 goals in its first four wins, Ramapo was limited to just seven shots, five of which reached Eastern freshman keeper Jordan Munsell (Waterford). Making his second collegiate start – first since shutting out Babson College in his collegiate debut last Sunday – Munsell made four stops, three in the second half. Munsell saved his best save for last, when he dove to his left to snare a left-footed bid by Ramapo freshman scoring sensation Rob Santaniello (nine goals in his first four collegiate games) at the right post.

Ramapo senior keeper Ian Tighe left his feet no fewer than four times, making spectacular saves. The first save denied Eastern sophomore Matt Esposito (East Haven) midway through the first period and kept the game scoreless. In the first ten minute sudden death OT period, Tighe timed his jump perfectly to push Fantl’s header off of a serve over the crossbar.

Tighe also got some timely help from his defensive teammates. Twice, they cleared shots off the goal line. Fourteen minutes into the match, junior Jim Clementi stepped in for Tighe and denied Eastern sophomore Sean Collins (Bristol) on a low, hard shot in the box.


Ramapo’s opening goal came on a give-and-go between sophomore Frank Vogas and senior Justin Stone in the 26th minute. After a throw-in, Vogas took a hard shot that deflected off an Eastern defender to Stone, who sent the ball off the right side of his foot just inside the right post, beyond  the dive by Munsell.

Fantl had several prime scoring opportunites in the match, three times being denied by Tighe and once sending a header just wide of the goal after beating the goalie to the ball following a long run midway through the second half.


Ramapo nearly ended the match eight minutes into sudden death. Attempting to clear the ball out of the box, Eastern sent a misdirected ball toward Ramapo’s Vogas, who one-timed it from close range over the crossbar. The Warriors countered by nearly scoring on the only shot by either team in the second overtime period.  Just 30 seconds into the period,  Fantl and junior Scott Mishley (Trumbull) set up senior Nicholas Boretti (Marshfield, MA) with a perfect pass in the box, but the 6-foot-3 inch co-captain knocked a header wide and high.

Eastern hosts Tufts University Tuesday at 7 p.m.


Eastern Conn. 1, Ramapo College 1, 2 ot

Ramapo (4-0-1)                           1            0            (0)          (0)          --           1

Eastern Conn. (3-0-1)                1            0            (0)          (0)          --           1

Scoring: R-Justin Stone 25:26; E-Maxim Fantl (penalty kick) 40:23.

Shots:R-7, E-15; Saves: R-Ian Tighe 6, E-Jordan Munsell 4.

Corner kicks: R-6, E-8.