DANBURY, CT – After a nail-biting double overtime tie against Trinity on Tuesday, the Western Connecticut State University men's soccer team rebounded with a 3-1 victory over visiting Little East Conference nemesis UMass-Dartmouth on Saturday afternoon at the Westside Athletic Complex. Juniors Afa Reyes (Bridgeport, CT), Matthew Restrepo (Bridgeport, CT) and rookie Kent Eannarino (Brookfield, CT) notched goals for the Colonials who improved to 12-4-1 overall and 5-2 in league play.
"It marked another solid effort from our players today," said WestConn head coach Joe Mingachos following the contest. "We took advantage of a few days off and worked hard in practice in preparation for this one," he added.
The hosts pierced the scoring column 13:35 into the game when first-year forward Franz Muhaj (Bridgeport, CT) knocked a header off a corner kick that was redirected into the twine with a second header from Restrepo, giving the Colonials a 1-0 edge.
Reyes then dribbled past a pair of defenders and fired a sharp-angled shot inside the right post in the 22nd minute, widening the gap to 2-0.
The Corsairs – now 7-7-1 overall and 2-4-1 in the LEC – got on the board with a penalty kick from senior midfielder Junior Monteiro (New Bedford, MA) in the 76th minute. It marked his team-leading 10th goal of the season, slicing the lead to 2-1.
However, WestConn put the game out of reach when Eannarino stole the ball from a Corsair's defender deep in their own territory. He then cruised in for a breakaway scoring strike, setting the count at 3-1.
The Colonials return to action against visiting non-conference opponent Becker College for Senior Night on Wednesday at 6 p.m., while UMass-Dartmouth heads to Coast Guard on Tuesday at 3:30 p.m.