cDANBURY, CT - The Western Connecticut State University men's soccer team out-shot visting Eastern Connecticut State University, 30-4, but the Warriors, behind a goal by Justin Jensen (Wethersfield, CT) led in the only important tally, the final scored, 1-0, at a rainy Westside Athletic Complex on Wednesday afternoon.
The Colonials, the defending Little East Conference Champions, fall to 10-4 overall and 3-2 in the league while the Warriors, last season's regular-season champion, improved to 12-2 overall and 5-1 in conference action. They currently hold a one-game advantage atop the 2019 LEC table as second-place Rhode Island College plays UMass Dartmouth later on Wednesday.
Jensen, a senior midfielder, scored his third goal of the season after re-directing Zach Kulman's (Stafford Springs, CT) centering pass inside the eight-yard box. A WestConn defender attempted to poke the ball away from the goal mouth, but it found the nylon at the 16:45 mark.
From there, the Warriors packed in the defense and Kyle Boutout (Tolland, CT) withstood the barrage of scoring attempts from the Colonials. He finished with 11 saves on the day.
WestConn junior goalie Daniel Szabo (Trumbull, CT) faced just four shots and was not forced to make a save on Wednesday.
The Colonials' best chance to knot the game at 1-1 came in the 61st minute when James Wilcox (Burlington, CT) drilled a shot from 20 yards out, but Boutout was able to swat the ball over the crossbar.
"We has plenty of chance to put one or two away today, but they held on for nearly 75 minutes after scoring that goal," said WestConn head coach Joe Mingachos. "Hopefully, we get another shot at them in the LEC Tournament."
WestConn, which ends its three-game win streak, travels to Plymouth State University for a 11 am meeting with the Panthers on Saturday, October 19.
Eastern plays host to Castleton University on Saturday at 1 pm at Rick McCarthy Field in Mansfield, CT).