Hartford, Conn. - Senior captain Cody Savonen (Orleans, Mass.) led the way with a hat trick as the Trinity College men's soccer team defeated Rivier University, 6-0, at home on Wednesday night. The Bantams improve to 1-1 on the year while Rivier falls to 1-3 overall. Trinity returns to the pitch on Saturday at 3 p.m. for a New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) matchup against Hamilton College while Rivier returns to action over the weekend at home against Emmanuel College.
Trinity dominated both sides of the ball all night, taking a 3-0 lead into the half before scoring three more times in the second half. The Bantam defense, led by senior Alex Bednarek (Berlin, Conn.), junior Alex Steel (Weston, Mass.) and rookies Henry Belt (Brookline, Mass.) and Nigel Gustave (Baltimore, Md.), held Rivier to just a single shot on goal all night as senior captain goalie Mateo Zabala (Paterson, N.J.) picked up his first clean sheet victory of the fall. Trinity earned eight corner kicks and put 16 shots on net, two of which resulted in the first career goals for first-years Dagoberto Nunez Jr. (Central Falls, R.I.) and Ben Miles (Brooklyn, N.Y.).
Sophomore Henry Farr (Bala Cynwyd, Pa.) got things going at the 15:08 mark in the first half when he found the back of the net for the first time this season off a beautiful pass from the corner by Belt. 13 minutes later, Savonen used his head to redirect a pass from Steel past Raider goalie Collin Deyarmin (Raymond, N.H.) to put the hosts up 2-0. Savonen made it a 3-0 game with less than ten minutes to play in the first half via an assist from Farr as the Bantams entered the break with a comfortable three-goal advantage.
Gustave tallied his first collegiate point at the 53:39 mark in the second half after streaking down the far sideline and sending a nifty through-ball to Savonen, who beat his defender and placed the ball past the outstretched arm of Deyarmin to give Trinity a 4-0 lead. After nearly 20 minutes without incident, Nunez Jr. controlled the ball in the offensive zone, made a handful of moves around the Rivier defense, and buried a shot from distance into the top shelf for his first career goal. Miles joined the scoring with less than three minutes to play thanks to a well placed pass from classmate David Luongo (Danvers, Mass.) to account for the sixth and final goal of the night.