SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – The Husson University men's soccer team (1-2-1) took a tough loss on Saturday afternoon, falling 8-0 to Western New England University (3-1-0) in the Golden Bears' home opener at Suprenant Field.
Setting the tone for the match, the Golden Bears struck first, seven minutes in from Josh Loomis. Later in the period, Josh Labonte utilized a break away in the 37th minute, and Connor Prindle found Matt Remillard in front of the net at 37:32 to make it 3-0 to finish out the first half.
Just five minutes into the second period, Western New England went up 4-0 on Dante Cancellaro's first goal of the season. To close out the afternoon, Brendan Claflin, Ty Champagne, Macauley Rouette, and Joseph Fortuna added on a point apiece to cap off the score, 8-0, in the 86th minute.
Head Coach Gavin Penny delcared, "There really isn't much I can say. As a coach you expect and demand 100% from your players and at the moment we can't seem to find it wihin ourselves. Ultimately the buck stops with me and I'm determined to get this out of the players we have. There are some good players on this team, but we cannot progress unless we stop trying to be the players we are not. We are in a hole and it is going to take a massive effort to climb out. Tomorrow is another day and another chance to deliver."
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Starting out in net for the Eagles, Kyle Townsend stopped six shots in the first 55:05 and Benjamin Powell closed out the remainder of the match, snatching up three saves. The Golden Bears also split time with Sam Brewer taking the first shift of 64:05, then was subbed out by Dylan Husted who recorded a save in the final ten seconds of the match off the boot of Husson's Ali Essallamy.
The Golden Bears outshot the Eagles 24-5 and held a 6-1 advantage in corner kicks, while Husson recorded nine saves to Western New England's single save.
The Eagles continue their trek on the road with little recovery time as they take on Roger Williams in Rhode Island tomorrow, September 9th at 2:00 pm.