By Rick Emery
It's been a long two weeks of playing away from Willi, but after coming away with a 4-0-0 record it was definitely worth it. The guys played hard and we are lucky enough to get Monday off to rest up for our big game with Wheaton College on the 15th.
Just to update you guys on our trip...this past Wednesday we took down Fitchburg State by a score of 5-1. It was a great match and everyone got their chance to take to the field and terrorize Fitchburg's defense. The scoring spree started early when Aaron Smiles played a great ball to Jon DeCasanova off of a corner kick and Jon touched it just over the keeper's reach and into the old onion bag. Soon after that, Cory Tobler sent Matt Furman in on a great through-ball for an easy finish. Still within the first twenty minutes, Jon banged home his second from a quick one-two with Sean Collins.
The scoring didn't stop there, as Brad Fletcher buried a penalty after Cory was dragged down inside the penalty area. The fifth goal of the contest was a late toe-poke by Jordan Clark that left the goalie on his heels during a scramble in the box. The game really allowed our offense to take charge and get some goals under our belt before the conference games begin this weekend. Almost had a goal of my own this weekend, some fancy footwork cut up a defender and I ripped one toward the near post only to have my effort quelled by Fitchburg's keeper...I'm going to get one sooner than later, I promise.
Our other big win took place this past Saturday down at Ramapo College, where the Roadrunners' could not seem to find an answer to our goals from Cory and Luke Capezzone. They were a great team, no questions about it, but when it came down to it Carl Appel and our defense (made up of Aaron, Brad, Mike Radlbeck, and Matt Esposito) shut them down. Another major factor in that game was our depth on the bench. Big time minutes from Nate Mozian, Romero Johnson, Rysuke Imamura and Tom Vear played a major part in the win. Also, some shut-down defense by Jordan, Ryan McCormack, Matt Janco, and Matt Kalmin helped us seal the shutout.
Needless to say, it was an excellent weekend for everyone on the team. It was a huge win and we are really hoping to take the momentum from this game into our first home game this weekend.
Please come out and support us this Wednesday under the lights down at the Mansfield Complex Turf!
Thanks for tuning in and I hope to see you all Wednesday night!