New Britain, Conn. (October 12, 2018) – Andrew Lasso's second-half goal lifted Mount St. Mary's to a 2-1 victory at Central Connecticut State on Friday night, as the Mountaineers picked up their first Northeast Conference win of the season.
"It has been an absolute pleasure to watch this team grow up over the last few weeks," said Head Coach Bryan Cunningham. "Tonight we were tested, and we buried our mistakes from the past and were able to get three valuable road points. I am proud of this team's resilience and perseverance."
Mount St. Mary's (2-7-3, 1-2-1 NEC) registered the first goal of the game midway through the opening half. Off a corner kick, Jonathan Godette received the ball at the top of the box and sent a shot towards net. Boris Nana Tonzi got in front of goalie Carson D'Ambrosio and redirected Godette's shot past the keeper to give the Mount a 1-0 advantage. The goal for Nana Tonzi was his third in the last three games.
The Mountaineers made the most of their first half opportunities, scoring a goal on just two shots in the frame. CCSU fired off six shots in the half, including three on target, but Mount goalie Bobby Edwards stopped everything that came his way to keep the Blue Devils off the board.
Minutes into the second half, Central Connecticut (0-10-1, 0-4 NEC) drew a foul deep in Mount territory. Noah Silverman sent the free kick to the far side of the box, where it was volleyed on target. Edwards made the stop, but the rebound bounced to Louis Beddouri, who finished into the empty net to even the tilt at 1-1.
Just over 11 minutes after the Blue Devils tied things up, Lasso gave the Mountaineers the lead once again on his first collegiate goal. Lasso picked up a loose ball just outside the box, took a touch and curled a shot from a tough angle 20 yards out just over D'Ambrosio into the upper 90 for the tremendous goal.
Edwards and the Mountaineers were able to keep CCSU off the board for the remainder of the tilt to close out the 2-1 victory. Edwards made six saves in net to earn his second win of the season. D'Ambrosio stopped five shots in the losing effort for the Blue Devils.
CCSU outshot the Mount 16-8 in the match, while the Mount held a 7-4 advantage on corners.
The Mount wraps up its three-game road swing this Sunday, October 14 with a match at LIU Brooklyn at 1 p.m.