By Rick Emery
It's been a busy week for the team with three games in a five day span, but we were able to work hard and come away with a 2-1 record (9-3-1 overall).
We started the week with a tough loss to a strong Montclair State team, and realized that we had to pull ourselves together for a crucial match against conference opponents Southern Maine and a regionally ranked Kean University (New Jersey). We played extremely well for both games and took down Maine by a score of 3-0 and then after a long night's rest defeated Kean by a score of 3-1. Our offense turned up the heat with the return of Matt Furman, who had been out recovering from a facial injury. Matt had four of the six goals this weekend, registering his first hat-trick during the match against Kean. He is a real game changer and we are ecstatic to have him back in the line-up terrorizing defenses.
Outside of the matches; this past Saturday was our annual "Youth Day" where the NECONN youth players were involved in a morning clinic with myself, Rysuke Imamura, Romaro Johnson, Matt Janco, and Coach Phaiah. During that time, we taught them how to dribble players one on one and finish chances with confidence. The clinic was a huge success and we thank all of those players who were able to come out and show us the future of Connecticut soccer. Keep up the good work guys!
On Sunday prior to the game, we had the honor to enjoy a late lunch with over seventy past players and coaches of the program where we celebrated the 50th reunion of men's soccer at Eastern Connecticut. It was a great experience to meet the alumni who have shaped the program into what it is today, and I wanted to thank them all for coming out and celebrating the 50th year of the program with us!
**We are organizing a team for Relay for Life which is coming up this weekend. For those of you that don't know what Relay for Life is, it is a walk to show awareness to cancer and cancer survivors while raising money for cancer patients and future research. As a team, we have raised hundreds of dollars, but there is still time to donate if you want to join our cause! If you are interested in donating to our team please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
We have a slow week because our next game is at Rhode Island College this Saturday at 1p.m. We are currently both tied in second place in the conference so you know it will be a great contest...wish us luck! I'll be sure to let you know how we did in the game and how Relay went next week.
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