DANBURY, CT (Sept. 1) — Sophomore midfielder Phil Dagostino (New Fairfield, CT) scored three second-half goals as the Western Connecticut State University men's soccer team opened the 2013 season with a 5-0 victory over Yeshiva University Sunday afternoon at the Westside Athletic Complex.
Western got on the board early when junior Paul Denis (Ridgefield, CT) took a pass from freshman Andriy Paparo (Bethel, CT) and raced past the left side of the Yeshiva defense. After crossing into the box, Denis ripped a low shot cross-cage that beat the Yeshiva keeper and gave the Colonials a 1-0 lead. Yeshiva's best scoring chance came at the 15:02 mark when sophomore Ben Barel (Boca Raton, FL) rolled a shot past the Western keeper, but Western's Ignacio Alday (Bethel, CT), positioned on the goal-line, cleared the ball just before it crossed the line. Western's advantage remained 1-0 at intermission.
Dagostino's first goal came in the seventh minute of the second half as he fought past a Yeshiva defender and beat the keeper low for a 2-0 Western lead. Four minutes later, Dagostino added to the Western lead with an unassisted goal, and with 20 minutes remaining Dagostino added his third goal of the game when he drilled home the rebound of a shot taken by sophomore Conor Scalise (West Hartford, CT).
With 10 minutes remaining, junior David Quenah (Granby, CT) lofted a shot over the head of the Yeshiva keeper, making Western's final margin of victory 5-0.
For the game, Western held a 17-11 advantage in shots and a 6-1 edge in corner kicks. Sophomore keeper Bobby Strevel (Enfield, CT) was solid in goal for the Colonials, making seven saves to earn the win. Yeshiva's Doran David (Hollywood, FL) made nine saves in a losing effort. Western's five-goal offensive output in the opener equaled the number of goals scored in the entire season by the 2012 squad.
With the win, Western opens the season at 1-0, while Yeshiva falls to 0-2. The Colonials return to action on Wednesday, September 4th, when they host Vassar at the WAC. Game time is slated for 7:00pm.