DANBURY, CT – After becoming the school's all-time leading goal scorer earlier this season, senior forward Chauncey Allers (Wilton, CT) tallied two scoring strikes and dished out an assist to lead the Western Connecticut State University men's soccer squad to a 4-1 Little East Conference victory over visiting UMass-Dartmouth on Saturday afternoon (Homecoming). Allers became the school's all-time leader in career points scored (118), eclipsing the mark of 117 previously held by John Benitez (1991-95).
It was a chippy contest as a bevy of yellow cards were handed out to go along with 24 fouls. The Colonials outshot the Corsairs, 26-10, while maintaining a stronghold in corner kicks, 6-1.
"This game was a good test for us," stated WestConn head coach Joe Mingachos. "We allowed them to hang in there and tie the score, but I'm proud of the way we responded. It was nice to see Chauncey get the record at home," he added.
The hosts broke the ice 21:15 into the game when sophomore Afa Reyes (Bridgeport, CT) knocked a header at midfield that found a streaking Allers. Allers then raced in for a breakaway goal. The Colonials would head into halftime ahead, 1-0.
The Corsairs notched the equalizer in 54th minute of play when senior Jake Moreira (Burlington, MA) knocked a header into the twine after a free kick feed from 15 yards beyond the top of the box.
WestConn answered with a pair of goals in a two-minute span. Sophomore midfielder Matthew Restrepo (Bridgeport, CT) connected on a right-footed bicycle kick off a pretty pass from Allers. Moments later, sophomore Vinicius Santana (Sao Paulo, Brazil) banged in a header off a feed across the box from Restrepo, extending the WestConn lead to 3-1.
Allers would surpass the record with his 18th goal of the season when he fired the ball into the open side of the net during a 3-on-1 rush up the field in the 80th minute.
Sophomore goalkeeper Daniel Szabo (Trumbull, CT) was stellar in net, making some highlight reel saves, improving to 7-1-2 overall for the Colonials, while first-year netminder Chris Moussavi (Bellmore, NY) dropped to 0-4 and finished with nine saves.
With the victory, WestConn improved to 11-3-3 overall and 3-2-2 in conference play, while UMass-Dartmouth dropped to 1-11-3 and 1-4-3.
The Colonials return to action at non-conference foe Purchase State on Monday at 7 p.m.