By LJ VP LaFiura – 1851 Contributor
On Sept. 15, on Taylor Field, the men’s soccer team nearly came back from a two-goal deficit in the last 20 minutes of their home game. However, they ultimately fell to Rivier 3-2 in their fourth consecutive loss of the season.
“I’m hoping this is a wake-up call because when we practice, we stress the ways we should be playing, and then when the game starts, we fall back into old patterns,” said Coach Michael Haynes.
The men’s soccer team got off on the wrong foot as they struggled to create shot attempts early in the game. Rivier then managed to score two goals in the opening half. On the first, Rivier’s Pedro Campos connected with first-year Hayden Bilodeau, who headed the ball towards the far post. The second score came on a free kick by first-year Cody Sicard, who found junior Chris Antonelli at the back post for another header.
The second half saw a new goalkeeper for the men’s soccer team as Haynes opted for senior Zack Laware instead of first-year Gabriel Bizakas.
“[Bizakas] is a young keeper and a very talented kid who’s only going to get better,” said Haynes.
After coming out in an aggressive press to begin the half, it appeared the game’s momentum had shifted towards the home side in the final 30 minutes. The scrappy and physical play set up the first goal for the Lasers, as senior Jake Ouellette put a ball into the top right corner off of a free-kick. Ouellette scored again in the 84 minute to make the game 3-2.
“The last 30 minutes went really well, but that’s the way we should have started the game and sustained it all the way to the end. It kicked in too late for them how they should have been playing,” said Haynes.
The game was ultimately decided by two costly fouls in the penalty box, giving Rivier penalty kicks. While Laware was able to hold off the first shot, the second shot by Ryan Hadouche slipped by him for the deciding goal.
“It’s disheartening right now because we put a lot of work in, but we will bounce back,” said Haynes.