By Sean Capezzone
Hey guys, Cakes checking in!
What an opening weekend we had. I could not have dreamed of a better start to the season. Nothing is more sweet than going back-to-back, two years in a row by beating two quality New England opponents and repeating as the Babson Classic Champions!
The first game, we opened up with MIT. After working out all the kinks in our preseason and the tune-up scrimmages, all of us were eager to get back out on the pitch and play in a match that actually counted. MIT gave us a run for our money as we went into halftime tied at one a piece (first half goal scored by Matt Furman). As a team we stepped up our play, got an early goal by Cory Tobler, and played solid team defense to shut down a pestering MIT attack in the closing minutes.
Excited to get our first victory and full of confidence, we went into Sunday vs Babson believing that we could repeat as champions. We started off a little slow and went down a goal early on a quick and dangerous Babson counter-attack. However, we showed great character as we got the goal back minutes later by the potent one-two combo of Furman and Tobler. Just before halftime, my little brother (Luke Capezzone), scored his first collegiate goal off an Aaron Smiles free kick and put us up for good as we went into halftime with a 2-1 lead. In the beginning of the second half, freshman foward Mitch Power, gave us a little scare by being carted away to the nearby hospital, but turns out the injury isn't as bad as we thought and will be back on the pitch very soon. The second half continued on and we got an insurance goal by Matt Furman which gave us the breathing space we needed for our defensive unit (Esposito, Fletcher, Smiles, Radlbeck, Appel) to shut down the oncoming Babson attack. The game ended as a 3-2 victory and we were crowned as the Babson Classic champions for the second year in a row.
The road doesn't get any easier for us. We get back at it when we travel on Wednesday to Fitchburg State, another quality New England opponent, and then on Saturday as well, when we travel out of our region to play Ramapo down in New Jersey.
Rick (El Nino) Emery will give you all the updates later on in the week. For now, just keep tuning into the blog for constant updates on the team!
- Sean (Cakes) Capezzone