By: Lucas Rodrigues
Western Connecticut State University’s Men’s Soccer team finished their regular season in impressive form—two big Little East Conference results earned them a spot in the conference tournament and home field advantage as they take on Mass.-Boston tonight at 7 p.m. in the Westside Athletic Complex.
The Colonials sealed a 5-0 win on Senior Night against Becker College; players, coaches, and families celebrated the team’s graduating class before the game with Senior Night festivities, and thanks to the team’s dominant performance, the celebration continued after the final whistle. The four graduating seniors comprised the Colonials’ back line on Wednesday night as captains Spencer Ranno and Nick Falstoe were joined by fellow seniors Jakob Hills and Tommy Langkafel. WestConn’s five-goal outburst was their second highest scoring total on the season, and goalkeepers Daniel Szabo, Matthew D’Onofrio and Justin Figueiredo combined for the Colonials’ seventh clean sheet.
In their final game of the regular season, the Colonials visited conference rivals Mass.-Boston on Saturday and fought to a 2OT draw. A first half goal by junior forward Mikey Sciortino was all the Colonials could manage, but it proved good enough to seal a home playoff game against the Beacons from Boston tonight. WestConn and Mass.-Boston have combined to win the last five conference titles, but only one will move on to the conference semifinals later this week following their playoff matchup.
Keeping their unbeaten streak alive is all the Colonials can hope to do as their season turns into a “win or go home” scenario. “Obviously any streak during the season can be crucial,” said Ranno over the weekend. “But to end the regular season with some solid results is important for the mentality and overall energy in the team as we’re looking ahead to Tuesday.”
The Colonials are accustomed to playing late into the fall, and they hope to replicate the successful postseasons that have come to characterize the program’s growth during recent years. Come out and support the men’s team tonight as they take on Mass.-Boston in the first round of the LEC Tournament at 7 p.m. at the WAC!