The Central Connecticut men's soccer team blanked St. Francis (PA) 3-0 on Friday afternoon. Central improves to 4-5-1 on the season, 2-0 in Northeast Conference action. St. Francis falls to 4-5-2 (2-1-0 NEC) after suffering its first conference deafeat to the Blue Devils.
Central put the first points of the game on the board in the 33rd minute of the first half and never looked back. Sophomore Stephen Walmsley posted his first goal of the season just before the break. Senior Thomas Obasi fed the cross to Walmsley who then chipped the shot into the back of the net over the Red Flash goalie.
Both teams were dead-locked in shots taken after the first period recording six each in the first half. Senior keeper Anthony Occhialini stopped three shots from the Red Flash in the first half alone.
Just 12 minutes into the second half, the Blue Devils struck again as senior captain Reece Wilson scored Central's second goal of the game. The assist came off of an Obasi through pass to Wilson who chipped his shot in over St. Francis keeper Daniel Valcicak who made a diving effort.
The Obasi-to-Wilson combo proved to effective yet again as Central posted its third goal of the game in the 79th minute of regulation. Obasi served up a pass to Wilson from the left side into the box and Wilson placed his shot over the keeper's head giving Central the 3-0 advantage.
Wilson, a 2012 Hermann Trophy candidate, improved his season goal total to five after his two goal performance against the Red Flash. The senior captain now leads the team in goals.
All three of Central's goals came off of assists by Obasi. Obasi's three-assist game ties the CCSU school record for assists in a game. He now leads the team in the category this season with an impressive five total assists.
Occhialini improves to 4-4-1 on the season after the victory. He recorded four saves in the match playing every minute in the box for Central. The senior also claimed his third shutout of the 2012 season.
Central continues its three-game road trip on Sunday, October 7th as they take on Robert Morris in NEC action. Kick-off is set for 1 p.m Sunday afternoon.