NEW LONDON, Conn. – Junior Ben Manoogian (Peabody, Mass.) led a balanced attack by factoring into three goals to propel the Connecticut College men's soccer team to an 8-1 victory over Mitchell College in its season opener on Tuesday afternoon at Freeman Field.
The Camels found the back of the net three times in a span of 3:16 during the first half and never looked back. After junior Tyler Hoadley (South Kent, Conn.) fired a shot that was cleared away at the last moment by a Mitchell defender, freshman Liam Noonan (Calabasas, Calif.) finished a pass from junior Ben Highton (Darien, Conn.) to put the Camels on the board in the 16th minute. Highton then doubled the lead just 1:25 later when he capitalized off a short cross from Manoogian, and Matt Butera (Westfield, Mass.) quickly made it a three-goal game by intercepting a pass and finding the back of the net in the 19th minute of action.
Connecticut College, which led 4-0 at the break, continued to pour it on in the second frame and wasted no time adding to its lead when junior Christian Murphy (Newport News, Va.) scored on a diving header off a pass from Noonan. Manoogian then tallied back-to-back goals less than five minutes apart to balloon the margin to seven and provide more than enough insurance for the Camels to run away with the victory.
Freshman A.J. Marcucci (West Chester, Pa.) picked up the win between the pipes for the Camels by making two saves and holding the Mariners scoreless for 70 minutes. The hosts outshot their opponent, 18-6, and had a commanding 9-1 advantage in corner kick opportunities. Seth Strader of Mitchell (0-0-1) suffered the loss after turning away two shots.
Connecticut College (1-0) returns to action when it opens NESCAC play at Middlebury on Saturday, Sept. 9 at 11:00 a.m.