Emmitsburg, Md. (October 11, 2019)--Sophomore Yann Kouemi had a hand in all three goals to help lead the Mount St. Mary's men's soccer team to a 3-2 victory over Central Connecticut at Waldron Family Stadium on Friday night. Kouemi notched a pair of goals and added an assist on the third score in the one-goal victory.
Kouemi notched a brace in a span of 1:09 early in the first half to give the Mount (5-5-0, 2-1-0 NEC) at two-goal lead. Boris Nana Tonzi set up the first Kouemi marker when he sent a ball down the left wing that Kouemi corralled, and then buried the shot into the upper left part of the goal for a 1-0 lead 9:21 into the game. Just a minute and nine seconds later, Kouemi struck again to put the Mount on top by a pair of goals. Miguel Lucero set up the second goal when he stole a pass, and then sent a through ball to Kouemi who finished the shot for the 2-0 lead. Kouemi leads the Mountaineers with six goals this season.
It was Kouemi who set up the third goal that pushed the Mount lead to 3-0 with 2:09 remaining in the opening half. Kouemi pushed the ball down the left side and fed the ball back to the middle to Marcos Lucero, who drilled home the shot. It was Lucero's second goal of the year.
The Blue Devils (0-9-1, 0-4-0 NEC) fought back in the second half to make things interesting. Eddie Yepes scored the first of his two goals in the 51st minute to put CCSU on the board. Yepes collected the rebound of his own blocked shot, and beat Mount keeper Riccardo Zonta to the lower left of the goal to trim the Mount's lead to 3-1. With 9:02 remaining, CCSU drew a foul in the penalty box and Yepes stepped up and finished the shot to make it a one-goal game. The Blue Devils had a chance to tie the score, but Sean Gannon's curling shot from 18 yards out hit the post.
Central Connecticut held a 14-to-8 shot advantage in the game, including an 11-to-1 mark in the second half. CCSU had a narrow 6-to-5 margin in shots on goal and a 2-1 edge in corner kicks. Zonta made four saves for the Mount in the victory while CCSU goalkeeper Jason Dubrovich made a pair of saves.
The Mount completes its four-game homestand on Tuesday, October 15, with a 7:00 p.m. match against American.