The Central Connecticut men's soccer team dropped a 2-0 decision St. Francis Brooklyn in the first semifinal match of the 2013 Northeast Conference men's soccer tournament being held in New Britain. The loss drops Central to 9-9-1 overall on the season.
St. Francis Brooklyn's Kevin Correa scored a pair of second half goals to lead the Terriers to the championship game which will be played in New Britain on Sunday at 1 p.m.
Correa's first goal came on a free kick just outside the box. His left-footed kick curled just inside the right post past CCSU junior goalkeeper Josef Abele for the 1-0 lead at 60:02.
Correa's second goal of the match came at 72:29 and came off a feed from teammate Gabriel Bagot. Bagot fed Correa down the right side and his shot went just over the left shoulder of Abele for the two goal lead.
St. Francis Brooklyn held a 10-2 edge in shots on goal in the first half but neither team was able to find the back of the net. The Blue Devils, however, held the 10-2 edge in shots in the second half to knot up the total shots 12-12. St. Francis Brooklyn had eight corner kicks on the match vs. four for the Blue Devils.
Central sophomore Ben Knight had a couple of free kick opportunities early in the second half but Terrier goalkeeper Jack Binks was able to get a hand on each shot and knock it over the top of the goal.
Abele made three saves in the loss, all of them in the first half. The Terriers scored on their only two shots after halftime. Binks had six saves in the match for St. Francis Brooklyn, all coming in the second half.
Central's record falls to 9-9-1 overall. Their 6-1 mark in regular season league play earned them the top seed in the tournament and the right to host this weekend.