QUINCY, Mass.- The Eastern Nazarene College men's soccer team defeated Lesley 2-0 Saturday afternoon at Creedon Field on Homecoming weekend.
The Lions improve to 5-7-2 on the season and moves into second place in the NECC standings with a 3-0-2 mark. The Lynx fall to 2-6-3 overall and 2-2-0 in league play with the result.
The two teams battled to a scoreless stalemate after 45 minutes of action as the home team registered nine shots in the first half and the visitors posted four.
Eastern Nazarene grabbed a 1-0 lead in the 61st minute to open the scoring. Jose Ruiz (Jerez de la Frontera, Spain) finished off a low cross by Sunil Lepcha (Charlotte, N.C.) to notch his third goal of the season. Lepcha collected his team-leading fourth assist of the fall on the strike while Edmilson Centeio (New Bedford, Mass.) also recorded an assist.
The Lions chalked up their second goal of the contest in the 76th minute to stretch the margin to 2-0. Centeio headed in his second marker of the year as Lepcha swung in a left-footed cross from the right flank to pick up his second helper of the game.
Eastern Nazarene finished with 20 shots on the afternoon while Lesley manufactured five attempts.
Rookie Florian Resch (St. Stefan, Austria) made a pair of saves to earn his third shutout.
Up next, Eastern Nazarene returns to the park October 17 to host Dean.