WILLIAMSBURG, Va. – Sophomore Ryan Flesch scored in the first minute and redshirt freshman Mac Phillips recorded his third straight shutout, as the William and Mary men’s soccer team blanked Northeastern, 1-0, on Saturday night.
William and Mary, which has won five of its last six matches, won its third straight match and improved to 7-3-1, 2-1-0 CAA, while Northeastern fell to 6-5-3, 3-1-1.
The Tribe wasted little time scoring the match’s lone goal. Just 46 seconds in, sophomore Jackson Eskay sent a header to the mouth of the goal. Flesch was there and scored in the lower right corner. The tally, which was the first of the season for Flesch, lifted W&M to a 1-0 lead.
Northeastern had a pair of chances in the second minute. Terrance Carter tried to get off of a shot, but a Tribe defender blocked it. The ball ended up on the foot of Dante Marini, who pushed his shot wide. In the 14th minute, Marini sent the Huskies first shot on frame, but Phillips was there for the save.
At the break, William and Mary held a 1-0 advantage, even though the pace of play evened out. Both team finished the first period taking five shots, including two shots on goal for both squads.
William and Mary pushed the pressure up to start the second half, putting two shots on goal in the first two minutes of the stanza. The first came on a shot from junior Josh West, but Northeastern goalkeeper Dylan Faber made the stop. Following a corner kick, Eskay put a header on target, but again Faber made the save.
The Huskies continued to look for the equalizer, but could not find it. In the 48th minute Terrance Carter put a shot on frame, but Phillips stood strong. Carter uncorked another shot on goal in the 54th minute, but Phillips made the stop. The last shot that came on frame from the Huskies came from Marini, but Phillips saved it.
Phillips finished the night making six saves for William and Mary. The shutout was his CAA-leading seventh of the season and third straight shutout. The Franklin County, Va. native lowered his goals-against-average to 0.59 and has not allowed a goal in 330 minutes of game play.
Northeastern, which held a 10-6 advantage in shots in the second half, outshot the Tribe 15-11, but the College held a 7-6 advantage in shots on goal. Redshirt senior Chris Perez fired a team-high four shots for the Tribe.
William and Mary continues CAA play when they welcome Hofstra to Martin Family Stadium at Albert-Daly Field on Saturday, Oct. 26. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.