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Men's Soccer Finishes Deadlocked with Trinity, 1-1

Men's Soccer Finishes Deadlocked with Trinity, 1-1

DANBURY, CT – The Western Connecticut State University men's soccer squad played to a 1-1 tie with Trinity College in a non-conference contest at the Westside Athletic Complex on a Tuesday evening filled with heavy rain. The Colonials moved to 11-4-1 overall while the Bantams went to 1-11-1. 

"Despite what their record indicates, Trinity is always a tough opponent," said WestConn head coach Joe Mingachos following the game. "We had our chances to win the game, but we are also fortunate that Daniel (Szabo) made several big saves to keep us alive," he added. 

After a scoreless first half, junior midfielder Afa Reyes (Bridgeport, CT) notched his eight goal of the season to put the Colonials on top when he fired a shot into the top-right corner from 20 yards out off a feed from classmate Mikey Sciortino (Shelton, CT) in the 59th minute. 

Moments later, the hosts nearly added another tally to make it 2-0 but a header that found the twine was whistled for being offside. The Bantams knotted the count at 1-1 in the 64th minute when senior Michael Burns (Oreland, PA) ripped a shot over the outstretched arms of Szabo that sailed just underneath the crossbar. It marked Burns' first scoring strike of the year. 

WestConn had a chance for the game-winner in the first overtime but sophomore Matheus Nascimento's (Bridgeport, CT) rocket from just outside the top of the box missed high. Trinity had an equally impressive opportunity off a free kick in the second extra session. They utilized a tic-tac-toe style passing play and a sharp-angled shot from in close was turned aside by the left heel of Szabo as he dove to his right. 

WestConn returns to action against Little East Conference nemesis UMass-Boston on Saturday at 3 p.m., while Trinity square off against visiting NESCAC and Little Three rival Wesleyan at 11 a.m.