The Central Connecticut men's soccer was outshot and fell 3-0 to LIU Brooklyn on Sunday at the CCSU Soccer Field. The loss drops the Blue Devils to 4-7-2 overall on the season and 2-2-0 in NEC play.
The Blackbirds improve to 8-5-2 overall and remain undefeated at 5-0-0 in the Northeast Conference with the win to stay on top of the standings in the league.
LIU built an early lead with two first half goals. Filip Nordstrom set up the first score when he got to the endline and centered a pass to Rasmus Hansen who put a shot just inside the post to make it 1-0 at the 14:58 mark.
The second goal came in the 38th minute when Naeem Charles sent a corner kick in and found the head of Jacob Smith who nodded a shot in to make it 2-0.
The Blue Devils came out in the second half with more pressure on the the Blackbirds' defense. The best chance came in the 70th minute when senior Ben Knight took a free kick just inside midfield and sent a ball to the far post where senior Freddy Metellus headed a pass back to the middle and found freshman Louis Beddouri. Beddouri put a shot on frame, but Logan Keys was able to smother the attempt.
Charles then put the match away finding the back of the net at the 75:33 mark, giving the Blackbirds the decisive 3-0 advantage. LIU's Erik Wahlin made a nice move and found some space just inside the box, ripped a shot on net that was saved by CCSU's junior goalkeeper Nick Velleca, but the rebound went right to the foot of Charles who ripped it into the vacant net for the final goal.
LIU held a 21-3 advantage in shots forcing Velleca into three saves. Keys made just one save to collect the shutout.
The Blue Devils will return to action next Friday as they host Robert Morris for another NEC match on the CCSU Soccer Field. Kickoff is slated for 1 p.m. and all of the action can be seen live, for free, on NECFrontRow.com.