Senior captain Eddie Floyd scored the game-winning goal and assisted on another to lift the Central Connecticut State University men's soccer team to a 3-1 victory over the University of New Hampshire on Sunday afternoon. The Blue Devils, who defeated Vermont on Friday, won the Nike New Hampshire Classic with their 2-0 record during the weekend. Senior Mersad Sahanic and junior Shawn Buchanan also recorded goals in Sunday afternoon's road victory.
Junior captain Robert Cavener's name may not show up on the scoresheet from this weekend's games, but the talented midfielder was rewarded for his outstanding play with Most Valuable Player honors for the tournament. His hard work and ability to control the midfield at all times was surely noticed in his first two games of the season. Cavener was joined on the All-Tournament Team by fellow midfielder, Sahanic, and senior goalkeeper Paul Armstrong.
The Blue Devils were the first to strike in the match between CCSU and UNH, when sophomore Eduardo Ortiz found Buchanan up the right wing in the 21st minute. The junior midfielder finished the run by beating Wildcat goalkeeper, Chris Devine, to the top right corner of the net.
New Hampshire would tie the game before halftime when Dylan George scored his second goal of the season, off of an assist from Sean Coleman. George put it away just inside the left post to make it 1-1 just five minutes before the intermission.
After the break, Floyd put away what would end up being the game-winner in the 60th minute. Freshman forward Taylor Morgan recorded his first career point when he fed the captain with a perfect ball from the right side of the box.
With a 2-1 lead, Floyd added the insurance when he played a ball across the box to Sahanic, who finished it to give CCSU a 3-1 lead that would stand for the rest of the game.
The Blue Devils were on the offensive, outshooting the Wildcats by a comfortable margin of 24-13. CCSU held a 4-1 advantage in corner kicks, while committing nine fouls to UNH's six. Armstrong finished the match with four saves, while Devine totaled nine for the Wildcats.