NEW BRITAIN, Conn. — St. Francis Brooklyn blanked the Central Connecticut State men, 1-0, clinching its fifth consecutive appearance in the Northeast Conference tournament Friday night.
The Red & Blue improved to 10-4-1 and also secured their its straight season with double-digit victories.
The Terriers, 4-0-1 in the conference, maintained sole possession of first-place with two matches remaining. The loss dropped CCSU to 5-8-3 overall and 2-3-1 in the NEC.
St. Francis Brooklyn accounted for the scoring in the 28th minute when it was awarded a free kick inside the CCSU half. Senior midfielder Federico Curbelo sent the ball into the penalty area ,where classmate Collyns Laokandi headed the ball back across the goal line. Senior Leo Folla headed the ball home to make it 1-0. It was the Manhattan native’s second goal this season.
The Terriers nearly doubled the lead in the 50th minute when CCSU senior keeper Carson D’Ambrosio came out of his area, but Terrier junior Amir Islami was unable to capitalize on the opportunity as his shot went off the post and bounced away harmlessly.
The visitors outshot the CCSU by a 10-7 margin.
St. Francis Brooklyn will honor its five seniors prior to its final home game against Bryant at Brooklyn Bridge Park Sunday. The Red & Blue will complete the regular-season against LIU Brooklyn Saturday, Nov. 4. The Blackbirds are 4-1-0 in the league and will travel to Fairleigh Dickinson Sunday evening.