by Rick Emery
13-3-2. After eighteen games, we have finally reached the end of our regular season and it time for Little East Conference tournament play!
We begin the second half of our season on Wednesday with a home field semifinal matchup with Rhode Island College. This past Saturday we defeated Plymouth State in a 1-0 fashion after Jon DeCasanova decided to blast a ball off the far post and into the back of the net with four minutes remaining. The goal, and eventually the win, gave us the advantage in points over RIC.in the final conference standings, and we were able to secure home field for the semifinals of the Little East Conference tournament. It is not clear where we will be playing on Saturday in the finals, but if we do what we are capable of, it should not make a difference where we play. The guys are all excited to repeat as LEC champs and are all working hard this week to make that goal a reality.
Besides beating Plymouth State this past weekend, we absolutely crushed Becker College last Wednesday. 8-1 was the final score and so many of our teammates were able to place their name on the scoresheet. Romaro Johnson scored his first (and second) collegiate goals, Tommy Vear netted his first collegiate hat trick, Cory Tobler got a tally on the sheet and so did Jon DeCasanova and Luke Capezzone.
The rout was a huge confidence booster for the team and it definitely helped our team's offense get a good warm-up for the upcoming weeks. Our defense also played extremely well, only conceding two goals over our last four games. The defense, which consists of Brad Fletcher, Jordan Munsell, Aaron Smiles, Mike Radlback, and keeper Carl Appel, have been consistent all season and been the backbone of this team. We hope that they keep up the great job in the back and help bring the title back to Eastern next weekend.
Finally, I feel like this guy is never on the stat sheet, but he is such a big piece of this team, Matt Esposito has been stepping up big time and his versatility and smarts on the field have been a major factor in the success of this program. Besides the guys I just mentioned, everyone is a unbelievable player and as a team we are just as talented (across the board) as many of the "top teams" in the country and we look forward to proving that in the weeks to come.
Do your best to come down and support us in our semifinal contest on Wednesday versus Rhode Island at 6pm on the turf field!
Hope to see you all there,