Western Connecticut State Stuns Men's Soccer In LEC Finale

Western Connecticut State Stuns Men's Soccer In LEC Finale

DANBURY, Conn.—Nick Kyriakidis's header with 3:30 left in double overtime lifted host Western Connecticut State University past UMass Boston men's soccer, and locked up the Colonials second Little East Conference Regular Season Title in program history. 

THE BASICS

Western Connecticut State 1, UMass Boston (2OT)

(UMass Boston 9-5-3, Little East 4-2-1)

(Western Connecticut State 13-6, Little East 5-2)


HOW IT HAPPENED

Kyriakidis' headed home Robert Della Pena's pass at 106:30 to lock up the number one seed and send the Westside Athletic Complex into a frenzy. With the win, the Colonials earned their first LEC Regular Season Title since 2002, and the number one seed.

With the loss, UMass Boston will enter the LEC Tournament as the three seed. The Beacons will travel to #2 Rhode Island College on Wednesday afternoon in the LEC Semifinals. The two teams have played in each of the past three seasons, with UMass Boston defeating the Anchormen in the 2014 LEC Semifinals and then the 2015 and 2016 LEC Championship Games.

UMass Boston sophomore keeper Aidan Carter (Weymouth, Mass.) made four saves on five shots to fall to 3-2 on the year.

On the opposite side, Daniel Szabo stopped all five shots he faced over the final 61:30 to earn his fifth win of the year. Luca DiCarlo stopped three shots over the course of the opening 45 minutes.

UMass Boston had the better end of the play for the first 75 minutes, but couldn't end their three-game scoreless streak.

The Beacons had two point-blank chances in the 19th minute, but DiCarlo was able to stop shots from Marcelo Cunha (Goiania, Brazil) and Jake Higgins (Weymouth, Mass.).

Senior Daniel Morales (San Diego, Calif.) nearly found the back of the net in the 67th minute, but his laser from 15-yards out was parried over the bar by Szabo.

Carter kept the game scoreless in the 85th minute, when he dove to his right to stop Mikey Sciortino's shot from the top of the 18.

UMass Boston took the game to the Colonials in the first overtime but couldn't take advantage of their 3-1 lead in shots.

The Colonials turned the tides in the second overtime and scored on their third shot of the session.

BY THE NUMBERS

  • UMass Boston heads into the LEC Tournament riding a 310:38 scoreless streak. The Beacons are 0-2-1 during that span.
  • The Beacons and Colonials each finished with 16 shots, while UMass Boston earned an 8-5 edge in shots on goal and 6-5 lead in corners.
  • With the win, Western Connecticut State snapped a seven-game losing streak against the Beacons. The Colonials hold a 16-10-2 all-time lead over the Beacons.
  • Morales led the Beacons with his five total shots.

WHO'S NEXT

#3 UMass Boston will travel to #2 Rhode Island College on Wednesday for the LEC Quarterfinals. The two teams have ended each other's season in each of the past four seasons.