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Della Penna Leads Men's Soccer to Capture Trailblazer Fall Classic Crown

Della Penna Leads Men's Soccer to Capture Trailblazer Fall Classic Crown

NORTH ADAMS, MA- The visiting WestConn men's soccer team received a goal and two assists from senior midfielder Robert Della Penna (Suffield, CT) in helping the Colonials defeat host MCLA 4-2 to claim the Trailblazer Fall Soccer Classic title.  WestConn improved to 3-1 on the season after sweeping a pair of matches this weekend.  The Trailblazers dropped to 0-3-1 overall.

"After a tough opening loss, we've regrouped and put together a nice stretch of games," said WestConn head coach Joe Mingachos following his team's third straight victory. "We've got a big week ahead of us with a matchup against Coast Guard before our LEC opener at Castleton," he added.

In the opening half of play, WestConn's sophomore Afa Reyes (Bridgeport, CT) tallied unassisted in the 27th minute for an early 1-0 lead.  The hosts responded almost immediately when Garrett Derosia tied things up just two minutes later.  His goal was the first of the season knotting things up.  It would remain that way into halftime.

In the second half, the Colonials turned up the pressure.  They would eventually take the lead for keeps in the 53rd minute when junior Spencer Ranno (Sherman, CT) headed home a corner kick from Della Penna.  The goal was Ranno's first of the season.

Della Penna continued his solid play in the 59th minute, this time he converted a Reyes pass to increase the lead to 3-1.  The visitors added another in the 67th minute when sophomroe Max Cano (Stratford, CT) headed home another Della Penna pass to make it 4-1.

Derosia tallied his second goal of the afternoon in the 81st minute when Matt Duffy sent a long pass towards the right far post.  Derosia would head it home to close the gap to 4-2.  MCLA finally had some momentum, but they couldn't get any closer.

The Colonials outshot MCLA by a whopping 26-4 margin in the win. Sophomore goalkeeper Daniel Szabo (Trumbull, CT) earned the win playing the second half for the visitors.  He collected one save.  Senior netminder Luca DiCarlo (Waterbury, CT) played the first half in goal for West Conn. Sean Bradshaw collected five saves for MCLA.

The Colonials return to action against visiting non-conference foe Coast Guard on Tuesday at 6 p.m.