Western New England Breaks Out Offensively in 5-0 Win over Elms

Junior Chris Manousos dished out three assists in Sunday's 5-0 win over Elms. (Photo by Chris Marion)
Junior Chris Manousos dished out three assists in Sunday's 5-0 win over Elms. (Photo by Chris Marion)

Remillard scores twice, Manousos records three assists in triumph

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (September 23, 2018) – The Western New England University men's soccer team erupted offensively en route to a 5-0 non-conference victory over Elms College on Sunday afternoon at Suprenant Field.

Top Performers
Sophomore forward Matt Remillard (Palmer, Mass.) and junior midfielder Chris Manousos (Wethersfield, Conn.) led Western New England's offensive outburst, as Remillard scored twice and Manousos handed out three assists.

Junior defender Nick Kubacki (Belchertown, Mass.) and junior forwards Connor Prindle (Shelton, Conn.) and Derek Maccini (Bath, N.H.) also found the back of the net for the Golden Bears.

Making his first start of the season, junior goalkeeper Dylan Husted (South Deerfield, Mass.) stopped two shots to earn his first career shutout.

Game Review
Western New England needed less than seven minutes to open the scoring in the contest, as Manousos dribbled down the right side of the field and charged into the box before sending a cross to Remillard, who finished at the near post to give the Golden Bears a 1-0 lead.

At the 13:27 mark, Manousos set up Remillard again to double Western New England's advantage. This time, Manousos' pass into the box was misplayed by an Elms defender and Remillard collected the loose ball before firing a hard shot into the lower left corner of the net.

In the 25th minute, Kubacki tallied his first goal of the season to make it 3-0. Manousos again sent in a high cross from the right side to Kubacki at the far post, and he headed the ball back across the goal into the side netting.

The offensive onslaught continued in the 41st minute, when Maccini connected with Prindle for a one-timer at the goal mouth to increase the Golden Bears' lead to 4-0.

Maccini then found the back of the net himself at the 43:12 mark to cap the scoring in the contest. He received a pass from sophomore Josh Labonte (Ludlow, Mass.) near the top of the box and fired a shot into the lower left corner of the net.

Western New England continued to attack in the second half with 14 shots over the final 45 minutes of action, but Elms sophomore goalkeeper AJ Oliveira (Beacon Falls, Conn.) made seven saves to keep the margin at 5-0.

Notes
• Western New England topped the 20-shot mark for the third straight game and fourth time overall this season. The Golden Bears outshot the Blazers 28-5.
• 13 different players have scored for Western New England this season. Remillard and Prindle are tied for the team lead with five goals each.
• The Golden Bears are unbeaten in their last eight contests with a 6-0-2 record and 26 goals (3.25/game) during that span.

Up Next
Western New England (6-1-2) travels to Trinity College for a non-conference contest on Wednesday night, while Elms (1-7) takes on Curry in Milton, Mass.