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Restrepo Leads Charge as Men's Soccer Upends MCLA, 4-2

Restrepo Leads Charge as Men's Soccer Upends MCLA, 4-2

NORTH ADAMS, MA- The visiting Western Connecticut State University men's soccer team got a pair of goals from junior midfielder Matthew Restrepo (Bridgeport, CT) and the Colonials held off the MCLA Trailblazers 4-2 this afternoon in the final game of the Kickoff Classic.  The Colonials improve to 3-1 on the season while MCLA is winless at 0-3.

The Colonials didn't waste much time in getting on the scoreboard as Restrepo converted in the fifth minute of play for an early 1-0 lead.  The visitors would extend the margin in the 12th minute on rookie Franz Muhaj's (Bridgeport, CT) marker, his team-leading fourth of the season, to increase the lead to 2-0.

WestConn would go into halftime with a 3-0 advantage as junior forward Joseph Fortuna (Burlington, CT) added another goal for the visitors in the 34th minute.  The Colonials held a sizable 11-4 advantage in shots in the opening half of play.

"We moved the ball well which translated to many scoring opportunities for us in the first stanza," stated WestConn assistant coach Prince Ojok. "We displayed similar effort and the second half and have some nice momentum coming away from this tournament," he added.

Restrepo would collect his second goal of the afternoon in the 52nd minute to build the lead to 4-0.  Junior midfielder Afa Reyes (Bridgeport, CT) was credited with the assist.

The Trailblazers finally got on the scoreboard on Rafael Castro's first collegiate goal off a free kick in the 71st minute of play.  His marker cut the deficit to 4-1. 

MCLA kept the pressure up and tallied again, this time in 73rd minute.  Ryan Wanek headed a ball toward the net that was blocked, but the rebound came directly to Christian Boada and he easily converted to cut the lead to just 4-2, still with 17 minutes remaining to play.  The Trailblazers could not get any closer however.

Junior netminder Daniel Szabo (Trumbull, CT) earned the win for the Colonials while Sam Edge absorbed the loss.

WestConn seeks its fourth straight win when they travel to non-conference opponent Coast Guard on Tuesday at 6 p.m.