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Mens Soccer: Turning it on down the home stretch

By Matt Kalmin

Hello Everyone!

I know it's been a while since my last blog, but that's because we've been busy... busy BEATING KEENE STATE and then busy CLINCHING THE REGULAR SEASON LEC TITLE!!!!!!

Yes, as you all know two weeks ago we beat Keene State  for a the first time in a long time.  It was a hard fought game that we thoroughly prepared for and it showed.  We came out and played the full 90 minutes as hard as we could to solidify our victory against our rivals.  The game ended in a 3-0 win with Mitch Power, Tom Vear and Nate Mozian all putting in goals.  
We had a week off after that to prepare ourselves for UMass Boston at its home field.  It's tough for any team to go there and play because its field isn't in top shape, but once again we fought hard all game to pull out a 2-0 win.  Matt Furman and Tom Vear put away two good chances during the game.  Our next game after that was against Babson College, which scored late in the first half and early in the second to pull ahead 2-0 on us.  Most teams would have given up and took a whooping, but we fought back and Matt Esposito scored a PK to make it 2-1.  Unfortunately, we couldn't manage to put in a second goal and lost 2-1.  
Early last week we played the US Coast Guard Academy.  We controlled the game and put in a goal by Matt Furman to give us to win in the end of the day.  Our latest match against Southern Maine was a good example of what we are capable of.  We went in with the chance to clinch the regular season title with a win, and we did... in style.  The game ended 6-0 in favor of us.  Sean Collins put in two of the best goals of the year in the route.  Matt Furman also had two goals while Cory Tobler and Carl Stensland put in one each.

On a separate note, I would like to acknowledge Carl Appel, our goalkeeper for breaking the program's all time shutout record.  He is one of the best goalies Eastern has ever seen and it is the perfect cap to his career.  Next time you see him, congratulate him!

Well tune in next week, for the next installment of blogs.  
Take care everyone!

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