Men’s Soccer Returns to Win Column with Shutout of Lasell College.
BY COLE MCNANNA // OCT. 4, 2016 //
The men’s soccer team hosted its fifth game out of its last six contests overall and grabbed a 1-0 win to snap a four-game losing streak.
Curry’s last victory came at home on Sept. 18, in a 3-1 decision over Maine Maritime Academy.
Lasell College came to Milton with a 1-8 record on the season, and 0-4 in their respective conference, the Great Northeast Athletic Conference. The recipe seemed to be manifesting for the Colonels to come out of their four-game skid where they were being outscored 14-2.
The first half started and the game was underway, but don’t tell the teams that. There wasn’t much of anything going on either side of the field, with neither team recording more than ten shots.
Curry goalkeeper, Dan Johnson, was needed only twice to save shots, and the Lasers’ Patrick McAvoy was needed thrice.
At the intermission it was a scoreless tie with both teams also failing to receive a corner kick.
The whistle to play resumed the second half of play and the Colonels came hot out of the gate. More of their possessions were going deeper into the Lasell zone and less balls were getting to Johnson.
Curry again recorded nine shots in a half, each one seeming to get closer and closer to beating McAvoy.
In the 80th minute, the Colonels were awarded their third corner kick of the game with time running out. Curry wouldn’t capitalize directly off the corner, but Ben Silvia talked about what he saw after the game.
“I saw Roy [Butlin] crash the net and I saw the ball coming across and I knew since prior in the game the ball kept on coming across the six, so I crashed as hard as I could and it fell on my foot pretty much, and I put it away. Took advantage of my situation.”
His goal came with only 7:22 left to play, and from that point on, the Lasers couldn’t finish anything else they started and time expired, leaving the Colonels victorious.
“To get a win today it feels nice because it reaffirms that we’re doing the right things and it’s always nice to get the result when you played well,” head coach Pete Mendel said following the game.
Mendel added, “When we work hard, the results are there and hopefully it carries us into Saturday for a big conference game.”
Silvia Shot, Score: Silvia’s goal was his fourth of the season, keeping him in the top 20 goal-scorers in the entire Commonwealth Coast Conference.
Never a bad time for a Second: Dan Johnson recorded his second shutout of the season, bringing his save count up to 62.
Conference Time: The Colonels host the University of New England for an 11 a.m. kickoff Saturday for five conference games out of their final six total games.