Brandon Chase – Managing Editor
The men’s soccer team earned the top seed in the Great Northeast Athletic Conference playoffs and came away with a 1-0 win against rival Mount Ida College in the GNAC Quarterfinals on Saturday.
Lasell couldn’t seem to get their offensive attack into a rhythm in the first half. The Lasers continually pressured the Mount Ida defense, getting ample scoring opportunities, but they were not able to capitalize on them.
“We didn’t shoot the ball enough,” said Lasers head coach Giovanni Pacini. Lasell managed just five shots in the first half and nine in the second half. Only five of the 14 shots were on goal.
Pacini told his players to “keep the ball moving and find channels to go to the goal” during halftime and they responded by doing just that.
The Laser offense was much smoother and made much sharper passes in the offensive zone during the second half. The lone goal of the game came during the 41st minute when junior Nery Guerra scored on a lofting shot that bounced over the head of Mount Ida goalkeeper Matt Pils. The goal was unassisted.
Freshman goalkeeper Miguel Colmenares earned the shutout, as the Mustangs managed just 10 shots- four of them on goal- during the game. Coach Pacini believes Colmenares has one of the team’s top all-around performers this season.
“He’s just really good. He’s got the whole package,” said Pacini.
“We didn’t play our best soccer, but I was glad to come away with the win,” said senior Kyle Cronin.
Lasell will face either Johnson & Wales University or Norwich University in the semifinals. The Lasers reached the semis in 2010 where they lost to Suffolk University, 2-1.
“We just have to play our own game and prepare the same for both teams,” said senior Adam Luciano.
The semifinal game is scheduled for Tuesday, October 30, but that date is tentative due to the oncoming threat of heavy rainstorms in the New England region produced by Hurricane Sandy.