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men’s soccer Wilton soccer star Allers sets WestConn goal-scoring record

October 5, 2018

Chauncey Allers wasn’t quite sure what to expect when he arrived at Western Connecticut State University four years ago and suited up for the men’s soccer team. At the time, he had no idea how extraordinary his career at WestConn would be, or how much history he would help write — and he’s still writing.

Allers, a former first-team All-FCIAC selection at Wilton High School, became WestConn’s all-time leader in career goals scored Wednesday night when he scored off a pass from Spencer Ranno in the 65th minute of the Colonials’ 2-1 victory over visiting John Jay College at the Westside Athletic Complex. It was Allers’ team-high 10th goal of the season and the 45th of his career, moving him ahead of David Forero, a Colonial from 2000 to 2003, into sole possession of first place on the all-time list.

“It feels unreal, to be honest,” Allers said. “It was something I never really thought of because I didn’t think I had the potential when I first came to WestConn. I didn’t think I was going to be the No. 1 goal-scorer. It only started becoming more of a reality once the team started getting its flow. When the team started doing well and succeeding, that’s when I started doing well.”

It was the latest highlight-reel moment in a career that has been filled with them. Last year, Allers scored the lone goal — also off an assist from Ranno — in WestConn’s 1-0 victory over Rhode Island College in the Little East Conference championship, giving the Colonials their first LEC crown since 2005. Just a few days later, Allers was named the LEC’s Offensive Player of the Year.

Ever humble, Allers was quick to deflect credit to his teammates and coaches.

“That only happened because my team made the playoffs and my team won the playoffs,” Allers said. “I didn’t do this by myself. My team, my coaches, my family, everybody pitched in to help me achieve this amazing moment.”

Speaking of family, Allers’ career at WestConn really has been something of a family affair. His mother, Carole, is a standout on WestConn’s women’s tennis team, and his brother, Harrison, is a sophomore teammate on the men’s soccer team.

“One thing my dad likes to say is that he has three kids going to WestConn,” Allers said.

Harrison Allers, a first-team All-FCIAC pick in 2015, has played in all 12 games for the Colonials and tallied one assist.

“That was one thing I looked for my entire career in high school, and we never once got a chance,” Allers said of playing side-by-side with his brother. “When it started becoming more of a reality that he was going to be coming to WestConn, I was over the moon. My brother and I have such a good relationship and such a good connection. When we step on the field together, it just furthers our bond together.”

With a team-leading 25 points (10 goals, five assists) through 12 games this season, Allers is fifth on WestConn’s all-time scoring list with 99 points, only 18 shy of the school record, set by John Benitez (1991-95).

“The great thing about Chauncey is not only is he a great physical talent, but he has improved his game every single year. He has become a much more complete player and a much more complete teammate,” said WestConn men’s soccer coach Joe Mingachos, a former Colonial and an All-American on WestConn’s 1989 team. “He’s never been satisfied with where he’s at. He always wants to be better, and he’s worked on becoming a better player.”

And he’s become one of WestConn’s best ever.

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