September 28, 2013



Danbury, Conn.-Junior back Kwasi Boateng (East Hartford, CT) scored in the 17th minute, but Western Connecticut scored with 39 seconds remaining in regulation to force an eventual, 1-1, double overtime tie with Rhode Island College on Saturday evening.


Rhode Island College (5-2-3, 1-0-1 LEC) took the lead in the first half when Boateng was successful on a header attempt off a pass from junior forward Emmanuel Asiedu (Lincoln, RI) to give the Anchormen a 1-0 lead. The visitors from Providence outshot Western 7-3 in the first half of play and took that 1-0 lead into intermission.


After making one save in the first half of play, sophomore keeper Bobby Strevel (Enfield, CT) made six second-half saves for Western with a heroic effort that kept the Colonials in the game.  On more than one occasion, Strevel faced a barrage of rapid-fire attempts from the Anchorman offense, but turned away every attempt with diving and leaping saves.


In the final minute of regulation, Western pressed its attack down the left side of the field and when freshman Andriy Paparo (Bethel, CT) outran a RIC defender toward the end-line, he fired a pass across the face of the goal that went just past the fingertips of the keeper and was headed home by freshman Aislan Sartori (Danbury, CT) with :39 showing on the clock.



 Junior Kwasi Boateng


In overtime, Strevel again provided heroics in goal for Western, while senior Matt Martin (Bristol, CT) generated three scoring chances on the offensive end, but missed the goal wide-left on each occasion.  After 20 extra minutes of play, the final score remained deadlocked at 1-1.


For the game, Rhode Island College held a 21-14 advantage in shots and also a 9-4 edge in corner kicks.  Strevel finished with 10 saves in goal for the Colonials, while RIC freshman goalkeeper Chris Moura (Rumford, RI) was only called upon to make one save in regulation and one in overtime.


In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will continue Little East Conference action at home against Keene State on Saturday, Oct. 5 (1 p.m.).