By Christopher Boulay
Taylor Morgan has arrived.
The 6’5 freshman and former English Schoolboy National Team member scored two goals to lead CCSU men’s soccer to a 5-0 victory over Monroe College.
“It feels good to score in the first game. I made a good start and first impression,” Morgan said. “I just want to help the team win. I am looking forward to the season.”
Eduardo Davila Ortiz opened up the scoring in the first half when Mersad Sahanic passed into the box and Ortiz completed the play with a beautiful tip-in.
Through much of the first half, CCSU controlled possession, but had much trouble getting the ball on net. This changed right before halftime, when Morgan tapped the ball across the line at point blank range after a Mustangs’ defender made a costly error by a header toward his own net when trying to clear the ball.
Regarding the state of the team’s play, Morgan was positive.
“We are just getting used to each other. This is only our first competitive game. We are working on our partnership. There is definitely more to come,” he said.
Taylor added another goal early in the second half with a spectacular strike; one that would put the match beyond all doubt.
Midfielder Connor Smith was thrilled with the result and the dominant possession throughout the match.
“This was a good start to the season. We use [the match] for fitness, and this was a good result,” he said. “A lot of us have been playing over the summer, and this preseason we have worked on possession. It worked well today.”
Eddie Floyd confirmed the rout by hitting a beautiful one-touch strike from outside the 18 yard box. The squad’s starters would be replaced at that point by the Blue Devils’ bench players.
“I feel our attack is strong. And we still have Rafa [Guimaraes] coming back from injury,” Smith said. “If we keep it going, we will do really well this season.”
Freshman right back Jessie Menzies, along with Morgan, played in his first competitive match with the Blue Devils, and is satisfied with the team’s stellar pre-season play.
“We played against a community college, but we did everything right,” Menzies said. “We moved the ball around well and our chemistry was good.”
Sophomore striker Bryan Pino rounded out the scoring midway through the second half.
Senior Sahanic applauded the competitive nature of this year’s squad and made clear that because of the talent level, players all over the pitch are fighting for position.
“Everybody is staying focused and fighting for a spot. No one wants to mess up. The starting 11 want to keep their positions,” he said. “We have to stay focused. There is nothing but serious business when the season starts. It’s good for us.”
CCSU and Monroe kept their bench players out for an extra 30 minutes after the match ended, and the Blue Devils youth took advantage, scoring four more times.