Yepes Shines As Men’s Soccer Continues To Struggle

Trevi Alickolli , Assistant Sports Editor

In their 50th season of varsity competition, the Central Connecticut men’s soccer team was on the road for two games against Mount St. Mary’s and Fairleigh Dickinson this week.

The Blue Devils dropped both games, 3-2 and 5-1 respectively. Central now sits at 0-10-1 on the season.

Senior midfielder Eddie Yepes was a bright spot for CCSU, scoring all three of the team’s goals during the two-game away stretch. He has scored in three straight games and is responsible for all of Central’s goals since Sept. 27.

Yepes has four goals on the season to go along with three assists. He leads the team in both categories.

Against Mount St. Mary’s, the Blue Devils fell behind early in the first half after The Mount scored a pair of goals in a span of a minute. They scored another right before the end of the half, putting the deficit at 3-0 for the Blue Devils.

Forward Yann Kouemi scored a pair for MSM and fellow forward Marcos Lucero added the third.

In the second half, Central attempted a comeback behind Yepes, but was unsuccessful.

In the following Northeast Conference game against Fairleigh Dickinson, Central started the game strong when Yepes scored to tie the game before the Knights scored four straight to pull away.

Daniel Lasarte, Ideal Shefqeti, Diego Arribas and Peter Kozlej all scored for the FDU against Central. 

Yepes’s goal, Central’s only score of the match, was assisted by freshman midfielder Mitchell Lyons. Lyons earned his first career point with the assist and is one of four Blue Devils to have started every game this season.

Sophomore goalkeeper Jason Dubrovich saved seven of 12 shots on goal against the Knights in just over 67 minutes and sophomore Christopher Papas saved one in nearly 23 minuted of game time.

Dubrovich has 50 saves through 10 games played and has a .602 save percentage. Papas has five saves with a .357 save percentage.

Central returns home for three straight games against Saint Francis University, Long Island University and Merrimack University before playing their final game of the season on the road against Sacred Heart University.

The next home game against the Saint Francis Flash is scheduled for Oct. 18, at 3 p.m.