Bridgeport, Conn.-The University of Bridgeport men's soccer team opened its 2018 East Coast Conference schedule with a 3-1 home triumph over the visiting Molloy College Lions on Tuesday evening. The Purple Knights are now 3-1-0 overall and 1-0-0 in the ECC. Molloy slips to 1-4-0 overall and 0-1-0 in conference play.
UB netted a pair of goals in the first half when Marlon Montanella (Grad. Student, Cannes, France) scored his first marker in a Bridgeport uniform off an assist from junior Leandro Avila (Panama City, Panama) 19:07 into action, and junior Erlend Skagestad (Mjoendalen, Norway) knocked home a penalty kick after he was fouled in the box by Lions' goalkeeper Raul Bonilla with 13:59 remaining in the first 45 minutes.
The Purple Knights increased their lead to 3-0 just over seven minutes into the second half when senior Jhonah-George Felipe (Kailua, Hawaii) found the back of the net for the first time in 2018 off a helper from freshman Oleh Senyk (Stamford, Conn.).
Molloy would end senior goalkeeper Daniel Coviella's (Ribadesella, Spain) shutout bid with a tally in the 68th minute.
On the night, the Purple Knights outshot the Lions, 20-9.
Up next, the UB men's soccer team will travel to Long Island for an ECC contest at LIU Post on Saturday afternoon. Match time is set for 2:30 p.m.