WILLIMANTIC, Conn.—Eastern Connecticut State University scored twice in just over a minute late in the first half on the way to defeating visiting Babson College, 2-0, in non-conference men's soccer action on Tuesday night at Rick McCarthy Field.
Babson, which saw its five-game unbeaten streak come to an end, slips to 9-5-2 overall, while Eastern Connecticut State improves to 14-2-0 overall with its fourth straight win.
Senior goalkeeper Steven Heintzelman (Middleton, Mass.) finished with one save for the Beavers, who outshot the hosts 11-10 and attempted 14 of the 15 corner kicks in the match.
Sophomore Patrick Agyemang (East Hartford, Conn.) and first-year Ryan Sirois (Tolland, Conn.) both scored for the Warriors, who got six saves from junior goalkeeper Kyle Boutot (Tolland, Conn.).
Boutot made a diving save to deny first-year Ryan Grund's (Princeton Junction, N.J.) 30-yard free kick in the 26th minute, and Sirois put Eastern Connecticut State on top just over five minutes later when he put away a centering pass from the right wing skipped through the box for his fourth goal of the season. Agyemang made it 2-0 in the 32nd minute when his 25-yard free kick deflected off a Babson defender and bounced into the open left side of the net for his 19th tally of the year.
Heintzelman came off his line to make a sprawling save on Agyemang, who had broken free down the right flank in the 34th minute, to keep the margin at two, but the Beavers were unable to crack Boutot and the Warriors' defense. Sophomore Robert Dunne (Medway, Mass.) saw his 20-yard blast drill the crossbar in the 71st minute, and had a 30-yard strike pushed just over the crossbar by Boutot in the 75th minute.
Grund had another shot from distance deflect off a Eastern Connecticut State defender and out of danger in the 80th minute. The Green and White also attempted three straight corner kicks on two occasions over the final 15 minutes but were unable to cut into its deficit.
Babson returns to action on Saturday when it hosts Clark at 2 p.m., while Eastern Connecticut State takes on Framingham State next Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.
• The Beavers are 6-6-0 all-time against Eastern Connecticut State.
• Babson was held off the scoreboard for the first time since September 21 when it played to a 0-0 2OT draw with WPI.
• The Beavers' 14 corner kicks are their most since attempting 18 in a 0-0 2OT draw at Fitchburg State back on September 14, 2016.
• Babson is now 4-3-0 on the road this season.