The Central Connecticut men's soccer team improved to 4-0 in Northeast Conference play with a 1-0 home victory over St. Francis Brooklyn on Friday night in New Britain. The shutout is the seventh of the season for the Blue Devils and the sixth for junior goalkeeper Josef Abele.
Abele, who hasn't allowed a goal in his last two games, made five saves in the victory, pushing Central's overall record to 7-6-1 on the season. The strong back-four of senior Jose Gamboa, freshman Conor Qualter, junior Nick Taglianetti and sophomore Ben Knight helped limit the scoring attempts by the Terriers.
The Terriers are now 8-4-1 overall and 2-2 in league action.
Central's 1-0 victory is its fourth 1-0 win of the year. Central has outscored its opponents 8-3 in NEC action this season including three shutouts.
The teams played an even first half, each with a shot on goal, but neither with a true scoring opportunity. St. Francis Brooklyn held a narrow 6-4 edge in shots.
After a pair of scoring chances by each team early in the second half, the Blue Devils took a 1-0 lead with 23:51 left in regulation. Sophomore Freddy Metellus scored his second goal of the season to give the Blue Devils the lead. Off the second straight corner kick, senior Manny Nobre took a loose ball at the top of the box, fed Metellus, who then beat the Terrier keeper to the lower right corner of the goal for the 1-0 edge.
The Blue Devils controlled play in the second half, and had several scoring chances following the goal. Abele had four of his saves after halftime. St. Francis Brooklyn goalkeeper Jack Binks made four saves in goal in the loss.
The goal for Metellus is his second of the season. It was his first game-winner. The assist for Nobre is his second.
Central returns to action at home on Tuesday night, hosting Yale, beginning at 7 p.m. The game can be seen live on www.NECFrontRow.com.
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