WILLIMANTIC, Conn. – The Eastern Connecticut State University men's soccer team scored four unanswered goals after falling behind by two goals early and went on to a 4-3 Little East Conference victory over Western Connecticut State University Wednesday afternoon at Thomas Nevers Field.
A winner of all four of its home matches this year, Eastern (7-1-0, 2-1-0 LEC) got two goals and an assist from freshman Patrick Agyemang (East Hartford), two goals from junior Justin Jensen (Wethersfield) and two assists from sophomore Lucas Chaude (Montville) to snap Western's (5-2-2, 0-1-2 LEC) seven-game unbeaten streak.
The match was the 1,000th in the 59-year history of the Eastern program.
Ranked first in the LEC pre-season poll after coming off its first LEC playoff title since 2005 last year, Western led 2-0 after 20 minutes on senior Darion Richeme's fourth goal of the year and senior Chauncey Allers' team-leading seventh, but Eastern rallied to defeat the Colonials on its home field for the seventh straight time dating back to 2007.
Richeme's free kick from 35 yards had given Western the lead six minutes into action, and Allers hammered in an 18-yard volley off a deflection to make it 2-0 in the 20th minute. Agyemang, who also had five points – including the game-winner in overtime – in a 4-3 victory over Trinity College September 11, cut the Western lead in half midway through the half, and after Jensen tied it in the 34th minute, Agyemang put the Warriors ahead for the first time and for good, 3-2, with his sixth goal of the year with five minutes left in the first half with a goal-line header. Chaude assisted on both of Agyemang's goals.
Justin's tying goal had come in the 34th minute when he picked off a Western pass in the box and fired it past senior goalkeeper Luca DiCarlo.
Senior Ryan Murphy (Cromwell) made five saves—all in the second half – for the win in goal. Sophomore Daniel Szabo made all three of Western's saves when he replaced DiCarlo to start the second half with his team trailing, 3-2.
Richeme scored two of Western's goals – the first and last – and Allers had a goal and assist.
The seven combined goals are the most in a match in the series since Eastern's 7-1 road win in 1987.
Eastern visits Plymouth State University Saturday at 4 p.m. in an LEC contest.