Yepes Extends Goal Streak In Men’s Soccer Loss

Ryan Jones

Eddie Yepes extended his goal scoring streak to five games as the Central Connecticut State University men’s soccer team lost to Long Island University on Friday. The Blue Devils have one more opportunity to win at home before finishing off the season.

Yepes provided the lone goal for the Blue Devils, who conceded three goals to the Sharks.

LIU notched their first score in the 28th minute then two minutes later scored again.

The first goal was scored by LIU defender Stefan Faistenauer. The score came off a well-placed corner from Javier Rehberger that Faistenauer headed in for the goal.

The Sharks’ second goal of the first half was scored unassisted by Kyle Parish, who stole the ball at midfield and made a long run to finish with a sliding shot for the score. LIU added a third goal of the game later in the second half. It was scored unassisted by Camarri Johnson in the 74 minute. Johnson dribbled into the box and chipped the ball in for the goal.

The Blue Devil’s lone score came off a late game penalty shot after LIU was called for a handball inside the box. Senior captain Yepes took the penalty shot and buried it in the back of the net to extend his impressive goal scoring streak to five games. Yepes remains the team leader in both goals scored and assists with six goals and three assists on the year.

“I am always happy about being able to score and trying to help the team whenever I can,” Yepes said. “For me personally, I would trade in the goals to get a couple wins. Hopefully we just keep working hard in the last two games and get a win.”

The Blue Devils suffered two injuries in the game against LIU, with both Panos Ravanis and Francesco Ambrosino leaving the match. Ambrosino and Ravanis were the teams two center backs in this match, and losing two key defensive players translated into LIU tallying a total of 13 shots on goal, with eight of them being on goal. In comparison, the Blue Devils had half as many scoring chances, with a total of seven shots and four of them coming on goal.

“We were pretty thin in terms of the bench due to injuries,” head coach Sean Green said. “Losing Panos Ravanis and losing Francesco during the game, losing our two key center backs does not help us one bit.”

The Blue Devils fall to a 0-12-1 record on the season, and a 0-7 record in the conference. CCSU will look to finish strong in their last two matches. They end the season with one more home game against Merrimack and an away match at Sacred Heart University to end the year.

“The big message I tell my players is look we started this race and we are not going to limp through the finish line,” Green said. “Regardless of what position we finish, we are going to be flying through that finish line.”

The Blue Devils will look to get a win in their next match when they take on Merrimack at home for senior night Nov. 1, at 6 p.m.