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Joe Mingachos captures 200th career coaching victory with win over Kean, 1-0

Joe Mingachos captures 200th career coaching victory with win over Kean, 1-0

DANBURY, Conn. - Western Connecticut State University Head Women's Soccer Coach Joe Mingachos won his 200th game when the Colonials defeated Kean University, 1-0 on Tuesday, October 21 in Union, N.J.

The 12-year veteran coach currently has a 200-41-17 coaching record, all at his alma meter, WestConn. He is consistently among the winningest coaches in the NCAA at all three divisions.

During his tenure, the Colonials, currently, 10-3-1, have won seven Little East Conference regular-season titles, five LEC Tournament Championships and have appeared in seven NCAA Division III Nation Tournaments.

Last fall, WestConn advanced to the Division III National Semifinals in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. for the first time in program history.

Senior Catherine Nathans (New Fairfield, Conn.) notched the game-winner with just under five minutes remaining to give visiting Western Connecticut State University a 1-0 victory over host Kean University Tuesday evening at Kean Alumni Stadium.

The win improves the Colonials to 10-3-1 while the loss drops KU to 10-5 this fall.

Both teams were pretty matched throughout as West Conn. controlled most of the shots in the first half (6-2) and KU in the second (8-6).  But the Cougars could not capitalize on three free kicks in the match and the Colonials battled through at 85:39 as Nathans took a pass from junior Amanda Genova (New Milford, Conn.) for the game-winner.

Western Connecticut edged Kean slightly, 12-10 in shots, while holding a 4-0 advantage in corner kick opportunities.  Keeper Leandra Russo (Galloway, N.J.) recorded three saves in the loss while senior Shannon Cawley (Willimatic, Conn.) had seven in the shutout.

The Colonials next game will be Thursday evening, Oct. 23, when they host Western New England. The match is slated for 7:00 p.m.

Joe Mingachos' Coaching Career

1997......17-3-1...NCAAs
1998......15-4-2...ECACs
1999......17-1-2...NCAAs
2000......17-4-1...NCAAs
2001......20-3-0...NCAAs
2002......17-4......
2003......13-6-4...ECACs
2004......18-5-2...ECAC New England Champions
2005......15-3-2...NCAAs - Second Round
2006......20-2-1...NCAAs - Second Round
2007......21-3-1...NCAAs - Final Four
2008......10-3-1...