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Men Fall Short Of NEC Tournament

by Evan Sobol 

The Central Connecticut State University Men’s Soccer team ended their season with a 0-0 draw at NEC opponent Bryant on Friday in a game that lasted two overtimes. Central finished the season 5-8-4 overall with a 2-3-2 record in the Northeast Conference.

The Blue Devils got off to a good start offensively, recording 10 shots in the first half and forcing four saves. Andres Albino, Sean Gannon and Ryan Taylor each recorded a shot on goal. Junior forward Louis Beddouri recorded three shots on the day and five total.

Bryant recorded a total of 17 shots, including two in the second overtime.

Central’s Carson D’Ambrosio sealed the shutout with a save on a shot by Bryant’s Felipe Cypriano in minute 107. D’Ambrosio finished the day with six saves. It was his second clean sheet of the season. He finished the season with 54 total saves in 14 games played after replacing the injured Nick Velleca in goal. The junior finished the season with a 3-5-3 record as goalkeeper.

Sophomore midfielder Andres Muriel Albino finished the season as the Blue Devils’ highest scorer. He totaled 16 points after scoring six goals and recording four assists. His best game of the season was in CCSU’s lone home victory on Oct. 8 against St. Francis when he scored two goals and had an assist. The Sevilla, Spain native looks to come back strong for his junior year.

This was the last game for seniors Luke Albertini, DeShawn Parker, Ryan Taylor and Nick Velleca. Albertini started every game for the Blue Devils the past two seasons at the midfield position. He finished his career at Central with two goals. Parker finished the season with five goals and one assist. He played midfielder in 30 games total for the Blue Devils over the past two seasons. Taylor finished the season with three goals and six assists. It was one of the forward’s best seasons as a Blue Devil. He appeared in 67 games total for Central, recording 13 goals and 11 assists. Velleca finishes his career at CCSU with 34 total games in goal. He had a goal allowed average of 1.86. He also had 141 total saves.

Central finishes the regular season at tied for sixth in the Northeast Conference. Their 2-3-2 conference record is tied with Bryant’s. No. 1 seed St. Francis Brooklyn plays No. 4 Robert Morris and No. 2 LIU Brooklyn will take on No. 3 Fairleigh Dickinson in Friday’s conference tournament. The finals will be played on Sunday, Nov. 12.