NEW LONDON, Conn. – The Mitchell College men's soccer team closed out the regular season with a 5-1 victory over Newbury College on Saturday afternoon in New England Collegiate Conference action at Alumni Field.
Mitchell's win clinched a share of first place in the NECC standings, as well as the top seed in the upcoming 2017 NECC Championship. The Mariners (6-1-0 NECC) receive a first-round bye and will host a semifinals game on Friday, November 3. Newbury (2-5-0 NECC) has also qualified for the six-team tournament and will play in the opening round on Wednesday, November 1. All match-ups and game times will be announced by the league later today.
Andrew Storton (Oxford, England/The Downs School) scored a pair of goals to lead the Mariners to their third straight win. William Ferguson (Old Lyme, Conn./Lyme-Old Lyme), Zavier Veliz (New London, Conn./New London) and Jose Roman III (New London, Conn./New London) also found the back of the net for Mitchell, while Stanley Elie (Boston, Mass./Boston Tech Academy) scored the lone goal for the Nighthawks.
Mitchell scored its first goal early in the contest when Yianni Longinidis (Waterford, Conn./Waterford) slipped a pass into the box for Christian Urena (Griswold, Conn./Griswold), who drew a penalty kick when he was tackled from behind. Storton tucked the penalty shot into the right corner for the 1-0 advantage just 2:13 into the game.
The Mariners added three goals in the final eight minutes of the half to lead 4-0 at the break. Ferguson scored off a tough angle on a corner kick served up by James Shea (Shelton, Conn./Shelton) in the 38th minute, and Veliz volleyed home a throw-in from TJ Condon (North Stonington, Conn./Wheeler) in the 40th. Roman's goal came in the 41st minute when he cleaned up a failed clear attempt that deflected off a teammate.
Storton's second marker came in the 58th minute off a feed from Santiago Manrique (Norwich, Conn./Norwich Free Academy) and extended the lead to 5-0. The goal brought his season total to a team-high nine and his career total to 20.
Elie put the Nighthawks on the scoreboard in the 76th minute on a rip from straight on and 25 yards out. The blast found the top-left corner and gave Elie his first collegiate goal.
Mitchell goalkeeper Seth Strader (Preston, Conn./Norwich Free Academy) finished with five saves in the victory. Casey Cisero (Shelton, Conn./Shelton) and Jarrod Smith (Watertown, N.Y./Immaculate Heart) split time in goal for Newbury and each recorded a pair of saves.