NEW LONDON, Conn. – Three different players found the back of the net and junior netminder AJ Marcucci (West Chester, Pa.) recorded his fourth shutout of the season as the Connecticut College men's soccer team cruised to a 3-0 victory over Hamilton on Saturday afternoon at Freeman Field. After recognizing its senior class, the Camels scored three goals in the first half to clinch the right to host a quarterfinal match in the upcoming NESCAC Tournament next weekend.
On a play started by senior Matt Butera (Westfield, Mass.), sophomore Steve Yeonas (McLean, Va.) received a pass in the left corner of the box and sent crossed the ball inside for classmate MT Tshuma (Magwegwe, Zimbabwe) to finish. The sophomore took a sliding shot like he did when scoring the golden goal against Bowdoin to put the Camels up by a 1-0 score in the 15th minute.
The second goal was also started by Butera when he was taken down in the left corner of the box near the endline, forcing the officials to signal for a penalty kick in the 18th minute. Although junior Liam Noonan (Milton, Mass.) had his shot turned away by Thomas Bendon, Butera got to the ball first and immediately punched home the rebound. Sophomore Augie Djerdjaj (Mahopac, N.Y.) then added insurance shortly before the break when he evaded five Continental defenders and rocketed the ball past Benson from the right side.
Marcucci made two saves for Connecticut College, which outshot the Continentals, 15-5 in the contest. Benson of Hamilton (6-7-2, NESCAC 3-5-2) redirected four shots.
Before hosting a postseason game for the third straight year next weekend, Connecticut College (9-3-2, NESCAC 5-2-2) wraps up its regular season when it hosts Wesleyan on Tuesday afternoon at 3 p.m.