Bears Drop Non-Conference Game Against Western Connecticut

Pryor Miller
Pryor Miller

NEW LONDON, Conn.-- Western Connecticut State scored three goals in the second half as they defeated Coast Guard 3-1 on Tuesday evening. The Bears drop to 2-2, while Western improves to 4-1.

Senior Pryor Miller put the Bears on the board first in the 22nd minute as he buried his first career goal, coming from a header off a corner kick from classmate Taka Lendon.

The Bears held a 1-0 lead throughout the remainder of the first half as they held a shot advantage, 7-6 in the half.

The Colonials tied the game 1-1 in the 52nd minute when junior Matthew Restrepo put away his third goal of the season after receiving a corner kick from classmate Ricardo Rodriguez.

Junior Afa Reyes scored his second goal of the season in the 54th minute off a penalty kick to put the Colonials up 2-1.

Rodriguez extended the lead 3-1 when he received a through ball from Restrepo and freshman Franz Muhaj at the top of the box for a one vs one, tapping it just to the bottom right corner past Coast Guard senior goalkeeper Dakota Harich.

Harich made three saves in the setback and is 1-2 on the season. Junior Daniel Szabo made one save for the Colonials and is 4-1 on his season.

Western Connecticut held a 12-8 advantage in shots and Coast Guard held a 5-1 advantage in corner kicks.

The Bears are back in action on the road this Saturday when they travel to Merchant Marine for a 12:00 PM kickoff.