DANBURY, CT – Junior midfielder Afa Reyes (Bridgeport, CT) netted a pair of goals while classmate Matthew Restrepo (Bridgeport, CT) added one and dished out an assist to lead the Western Connecticut State University men's soccer team to a 7-0 victory over the University of Southern Maine in the Little East Conference opener for both squads on Saturday afternoon at the Westside Athletic Complex. With the win, the Colonials improved to 7-1 overall and 1-0 in league play, while the Huskies dropped to 0-6-2 and 0-1.
"It was another quality effort from our guys," said WestConn head coach Joe Mingachos. "I was also pleased with the intensity and work ethic from our reserves in the second half," he concluded.
The Colonials opened the scoring less than four minutes into the contest when rookie Franz Muhaj (Bridgeport, CT) dribbled past a defender in the box and ripped a low shot that squeaked just inside the left post, good for his fifth goal of the season. Just 40 seconds later, Reyes knocked a header into the twine off a pass from Restrepo, giving the hosts a 2-0 lead.
Reyes and Restrepo then each score before junior forward Joseph Fortuna (Burlington, CT) took a feed from rookie Gustavo Medina (Naugatuck, CT) and tallied his third goal of the year, stretching the advantage to 5-0 just before the break.
It was more of the same in the second half. The visitors misplayed a ball that went into their own net before rookie forward Robert Sam (East Hartford, CT) rounded the count out at 7-0 when he blasted home his second goal of the season in the 75th minute.
WestConn junior goalkeeper Daniel Szabo (Trumbull, CT) stopped three shots and improved to 7-1 overall, while Justin Figueiredo (Danbury, CT) and Matthew D'Onofrio (Orange, CT) saw action in relief. Southern Maine netminder Cameron Atherton (New Milford, CT) recorded four saves and fell to 0-6-2.
The Colonials return to action against visiting non-conference opponent Ramapo on Wednesday at 4 p.m.