HARTFORD, CT – After becoming the school's all-time leading goal scorer and earning Little East Conference Offensive Player of the Week honors, senior forward Chauncey Allers (Wilton, CT) erupted to score four goals, leading the Western Connecticut State University men's soccer squad to a 5-3 victory at non-conference opponent Trinity College on Tuesday night. Classmate midfielder Robert Della Penna (Suffield, CT) also dished out three assists for the Colonials.
"Another outstanding effort from Chauncey. We seemed a bit sluggish to start but we were able to regroup and overcome that slow start," said WestConn head coach Joe Mingachos following his team's fifth straight win.
Alex Steel broke the ice for the hosts just 3:49 into the contest. Moments later, he found the back of the net once again, putting Trinity ahead, 2-0.
However, the Colonials retaliated with a dramatic outburst midway through the opening half, as Allers erupted with four goals in less than 11 minutes. Senior goalkeeper Luca DiCarlo (Waterbury, CT) would earn the assist on the first goal in the 24th minute. Allers would then net his second goal just 1:22 later, knotting the score at 2-2.
Della Penna threaded a feed to Allers, who tickled the twine for the hat trick in the 33rd minute. The duo connected yet again to round out the barrage just 1:34 later. It would mark Allers' team-leading 14th goal of the season.
The hosts cut the deficit to 4-3 when Nigel Gustave buried a shot into twine early in the second half. However, the visitors answered with an insurance goal in the 61st minute as Della Penna dished out his third assist, this time finding sophomore Matthew Restrepo (Bridgeport, CT) who canned his fourth goal of the year.
DiCarlo and reigning LEC Goalkeeper of the Week Daniel Szabo (Trumbull, CT) combined to record seven saves for the Colonials, while Bantam netminder Andrew Clark finished with four. With the win, WestConn improved to 10-2-2 overall, while Trinity fell to 2-9.
The Colonials return to action for an LEC matchup at Keene State on Saturday at 1 p.m.