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DANBURY, CT - Four different Colonials scored as the Western Connecticut State University men's soccer team, the defending Little East Conference champions, captured its first league win of the season with a 4-1 victory over visiting University of Southern Maine on a sunny Saturday afternoon at the Westside Athletic Complex.
Senior midfielder Robert Della Penna (Suffield, CT) put the Colonials on the scoreboard early when he finished off a crossing pass from Max Cano (Stratford, CT) with just 1:09 elapsed in the contest. It was Della Penna's fourth goal of the season and the first of two assists on the day for Cano.
After an enthusiastic 15 minute break by the WestConn coaching staff, WestConn came storming out of intermission.
With a little over seven minutes elapsed in the second half, senior Darion Richeme' (Danbury, CT) broke down the middle of the box to find a perfectly placed pass from classmate Chauncy Allers (Wilton, CT). Richeme' one-timed it into the back right corner of the onion bag for his eight marker of the season. It proved to be the game-winning goal.
"We are getting deeper into the league schedule and we had to come up with a win," acknowledged legendary WestConn mentor Joseph Mingachos. "We were not adjusting well to being the hunted in the league (after capturing the LEC tournament title last fall). Today we got on the scoreboard early then put the game away early in the second half."
Sophomore goalie Daniel Szabo (Trumbull, CT) got his first start of the season between the pipes for WestConn. He and senior Luca DiCarlo (Orange, CT) have split time in goal since the later part of the 2017 campaign with Szabo taking the reigns for the second half and any overtime sessions. On Saturday, he made four saves, all in the second 45 minutes.
"The coaching staff got together this week and decided to shake things up a little bit with our keepers to see if we could get a win in the conference," added Mingachos. "We got the win we were looking for, but I'm not convinced it's because we came up with any brilliant moves we made. We just played better as a team today."
Southern Maine's Simon Hulbert (Bar Harbor, ME) made six saves for the Huskies, now 2-7-1 overall and 1-2 in the league.
WestConn gets right back it on Monday, October 1 when it travels to Albertus Magnus College for a non-conference 7 pm affair.
The Huskies take a short jaunt to the University of New England on Monday. They are scheduled to get things under way at 6:30 pm