Men’s soccer falls in GNAC title Reply

Adam Palmer – 1851 Staff

It would take more than 110 mintes to decide a GNAC champion. After a 3-3 tie in regulation and overtime, the Johnson & Wales men’s soccer team defeated Lasell 5-3 in penalty kicks.

The Lasers took a 1-0 lead heading into half time with a goal from junior striker Manny Alves off a corner kick.

Early in the second half, the Lasers took a 2-0 lead with a pass by senior Jared Lewis to sophomore Conor Fitzgerald for a goal in the 55th minute. Junior Ray Durski finally put JWU on the board with a goal in the 64th minute. Lasell answered just ten minutes later with a goal from senior captain Mike Skelton to take a 3-1 lead.

JWU caught their second wind with two quick goals in 79th and 80th minute to tie the score.

The teams traded scoring opportunities in the two overtime periods, but to no avail. Overtime ended, and the 2013 GNAC men’s soccer championship was decided in penalty kicks.

After Lasell missed their first PK, the Wildcats lit up. JWU went a perfect five for five, capturing the 2013 GNAC Championship.

Skelton, senior Nery Guerra, and senior Brennan Adams were named to the GNAC all-tournament team.

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