BY COLE MCNANNA // SEPT. 14, 2016
The Curry men’s soccer team suffered a 1-0 non-conference loss to visiting Framingham State University Tuesday evening in Milton. The loss drops the Colonels to 2-3-1 and lifts the Rams to 2-3.
Curry came into the contest 0-1-1 in their last two games and were hoping to change that trend on their home turf where they have already collected a non-conference win over Emerson.
The match did not start off the way that they had hoped, however, as senior Simon Appiah found the back of the net, thanks to Ken Stahovish’s assist, less than ten minutes into play to give Framingham the lead.
The Colonels worked to respond, and developed plenty of opportunities, but all to no avail as none of the five first-half shots found the back of the net for Curry.
Junior forward Ben Silvi a noted that they “Came out flat in the first half…we weren’t ready for this game.” He added that that team will most certainly will learn from this and go back to work to prepare for a conference matchup with Endicott College, a team near the top of the Commonwealth Coast Conference.
Classmate Eric Miller, who anchors the defense, echoed his teammates’ thoughts and said, “We didn’t show up for the first half, we have to be able to put a full 90 minutes together.”
The latter 45 minutes of the game were positive for the Colonels, however, nothing ever did matriculate. Curry outshot Framingham 11-6 in the second half and earned all three of their corners in the second half as well.
Opportunities presented themselves but the ball just didn’t seem to want to go into the net.
Junior Hunter Duval led the Colonels’ shooters with four shots on net with senior Steven Depina, sophomore Christian Mancini and freshman Brandon Rinaldi all right behind with three shots.
The coaching staff and bench players tried to reassure the 11 on the field to just keep at it and keep doing what they’ve been doing and the opportunities will come. The opportunity for the ball to find the net did not unfortunately.
The Colonels have their work cut out for them and Miller knows it. “It’s gotta start in training, we mope around and ask why we’re doing this drill-forget that, we just gotta do the 30 second drill and just keep going forward and then you bring it to the game and then things will happen in the game.”
Silva added that on top of that, the team needs to come together more and get to the same wavelength. “We need to be on the same page…we have to clean up the mistakes, get on the same page, not fight with each other and it’ll all come together at that point.”
Coach Peter Mendel shared similar thoughts, noting a poor first half, a better second half but also acknowledging the notion of playing a full game.
They’ll get right back up on that horse and head out to practice tomorrow afternoon.
Dan The Man: Senior Dan Johnson steps in net for his senior year and is already working towards the 1.44 Goal Against Average he amassed last year after seeing 155 shots. Through the five games he’s played he’s up at a 1.47 GAA after seeing 42 shots.
Youth Movement: Coach Mendel rotated in plenty of new faces on campus, giving six underclassmen the opportunity to see the field last night.
Gull-Vision: Silva himself regarded Endicott as “probably the best team in the conference.” The Colonels get their shot September 17th at 7 p.m. when they travel to Beverly.