Curry Shut Out by CCC Foe on Senior Night

BY KELLY LEWICKI // Oct. 22, 2017 //

A physical second half had the Curry men’s soccer team seeing yellow in their 1-0 loss to Western New England University on Saturday evening.

As the clock ran down in the first half, it was looking like the first 45 minutes of play weren’t going to produce any action. Both teams had even possession of the ball, but neither could capitalize on their scoring opportunities.

But with less than a minute left, sophomore midfielder Ty Champagne booted one in to put the Golden Bears up 1-0 going into the half.

“Goal at the end, unlucky obviously,” said Curry’s senior goaltender Adam Dibrina. “But it was a good strike. Not much I could really do about it.”

A fire was lit inside Dibrina, who produced four saves in the second half. No matter how close WNE got, they could not penetrate the goal line, even sending two open net shots just wide of the posts.

Despite their goalie’s efforts defending the backfield, the Colonels could not create scoring opportunities, and their frustration started to show. The physicality of the half escalated, so much so that four yellow cards were issued.

Three of those went to Dave Stapleton, Ari Mench, and Mitchell Forbes of Curry.

When asked to comment on the calls, Forbes responded with, “It was a physical game. The [referee] called what he wanted to call. Can’t really go back on it now.”

As time expired, the Colonels remained scoreless, dropping the game to the #1 seed Golden Bears, now 11-5-1 overall and 6-1-1 in Commonwealth Coast Conference play.

“I already said to the guys, all we gotta do is put this one behind us. Honestly, I think it might have been our best game in conference of the entire year,” said Dibrina on the team’s mindset to finish out their season strong.

The Colonels dropped to 8-10-1 (2-6 in conference) and will be traveling to Wentworth on Tuesday for their final game of the season, hoping to snap their now four game skid.

  • Dibrina registered six saves on the night
  • Curry has been shut out in their last four games
  • 8th in the CCC, the Colonels must win on Tuesday to make playoffs

Curry Drops Points on Homecoming

BY GIANCARLO ORSINI // Oct. 21, 2017 //

The Curry women’s soccer team gave up an early goal that turned out to be decisive at full time.

The visiting Golden Bears of Western New England University interrupted the Homecoming Weekend celebrations on Friday night. An early surge gave them the advantage just 17 minutes into the contest as midfielder Kaeli Serafino knocked one past Curry goaltender Kristen Buzzotta for a 1-0 lead that would never change.

“We started off slow,” said Curry assistant coach Kaitlin Lima. “We weren’t clinical in the final third of the field and didn’t generate enough scoring opportunities.”

To be sure, the WNU dominated the opening 25 minutes as the Golden Bears made several personnel changes to keep their momentum. Curry had chanced to level the game, but couldn’t connect on their final passes.

The Colonels started the second half with greater precision. Curry had four consecutive shots in 13 minutes, led by Tayla Randall and Arianna Viscione, but couldn’t find the back of the net. Western New England goaltender Alex Lemekha made 6 saves on the night. Curry outshot Western New England 12-9.

It was yet another conference defeat for the Colonels, who dropped to 1-5-2 in Commonwealth Coast Conference action and 8-7-3 overall.

“It’s not how we pictured our last home game to turn out,” said Viscione, a senior. “We expect more from ourselves and are disappointed to lose another conference game.”

The Golden Bears moved to 9-6-2 (7-1 in conference). Curry will return to the pitch for the last time this regular season at Wentworth on Tuesday night.

  • Curry sits at 8th place in the CCC standings. A win on Tuesday could push the team to 7th.
  • Curry has lost four of its last five games.
  • To make playoffs, the Colonels must win Tuesday to stay atop Nichols and Eastern Nazarene.

 

Women’s Soccer Finishes in a Double-OT Draw Against Framingham State

BY JASON POMBO // Oct. 5, 2017 //

The Curry College women’s soccer team tied in double overtime, against non-conference opponent Framingham State on Wednesday with impressive performances from two sophomore goalkeepers.

The Colonels headed into the game coming off of a 5-0 defeat by conference opponent Gordon College. Curry knew they had to start the game off with quick and efficient offense. Freshman forward Tayla Randall put the Colonels up with a goal four minutes into the first half. It was the lone goal for both sides going into halftime. Curry outshot the Rams 5-3 in the first half.

Framingham State came out for the second half on fire, determined to even up the score. The Rams tied up the score in the 67th minutes when junior midfielder Kayla Almstrom knotted the game with an unassisted goal.

With about 11 minutes in regulation, Colonels head coach Jason Tassinari made a pivotal and surprising substitution. Sophomore Haley Rice entered the game in net as she replaced sophomore Kristen Buzzotta who had only allowed one goal in the game.

Regulation ended, and the game was still locked at one apiece. The Colonels dominated the two overtime periods, but were not able to capitalize on their opportunities. Curry outshot Framingham State 6-1 in the two overtime periods. The game ended in a draw which did not please Tassinari.

“We didn’t beat an inferior team… we felt we were the better team, we gave one away,”
Tassinari said. He was very displeased about his team only scoring 1 goal against this
Framingham State team. Tassinari added, “They scored a soft goal on us, that was certainly preventable.”

The tie moved the Colonels to a 7-3-3 regular season record while the Framingham State Rams moved to 2-7-1.

The Colonels return to action on Saturday, Oct. 7, as they take on conference rival Endicott College. The game is scheduled for a 5:30 p.m. start at Walter M. Katz Field.

The game on Saturday will be in conjunction with Olivia Strong and Strong 4 Abby Night.

Women’s Soccer Finishes With Double OT Draw Against Nichols College

BY MATT EVANS // SEPTEMBER 25, 2017 //

The Colonels battled inconsistent refereeing en route to a 1-1 double overtime draw with conference opponent Nichols College on Saturday night. Colonels goalkeeper Hayley Rice saved the game after a questionable penalty in the 108th minute to keep the draw intact.

The opening goal in the match came off of a superb cross from forward Tayla Randall to forward Karinna Tsonis who tapped it in during the 12th minute. Afterwards Tsonis called the goal a “gift” and singled out the freshman Randall for setting up the score.

“Our freshman Tayla Randall, she did a lot of the work. She got the ball over to me so I give her a lot more credit than I think I deserve,” said Tsonis.

The lead lasted up until the 59th minute when Bison forward Taylor Souza struck from about ten yards out. Midfielder Lauren Macgray set up the goal with a brilliant through-pass that found a streaking Souza all alone on the right side of the box for an easy score.

The remainder of regulation featured the Colonels staying afloat amid multiple controversial calls. Three straight corners were awarded to the Bison around the 85th minute, only two of which were warranted. The third clearly went off a Nichols forward who was all alone on the left side of the box but the referee elected to award a corner instead of a goal kick.

Tsonis later confirmed that she felt the referee was inconsistent throughout the night.

“Yeah, he had a bit of a tough time out there tonight… Every ref misses a couple but I’d say he missed a good chunk today,” Tsonis said.

Going all the way into double overtime the Colonels had to outlast one more questionable decision in the 108th minute as Nichols was awarded a penalty after defender Abigail Ford made contact with Bison forward Danielle Barry inside the box. It is worth noting that contact took place after Barry’s shot and Ford didn’t appear to impede the attacker in any way.

The penalty would’ve won the game for Nichols but Colonels keeper Haley Rice came up with a huge stop. Souza lined up to take the shot for the Bison, but Rice denied her with a sprawling save to the left side near the post. It was easily the most exciting moment in a game otherwise dulled by lackluster decisions from the officiating team.

Rice talked about the game saving stop afterwards.

“I was just angry at the ref. I just channeled all the anger into the penalty kick,” said Rice.

The draw puts the Colonels at 5-2-2 with both of their ties coming within the division.  Their next game comes on Monday, Sept. 25 at 4 p.m. when the Colonels travel to Connecticut to take on the University of Saint Joseph.

Men’s Soccer Drops Game to Conference Foe Nichols College

BY JASON POMBO //

The Curry College men’s soccer team fell to Nichols College, 1-0, on Friday, suffering their first conference loss of the season.

Nichols came out firing, sophomore Zach Turcotte scored 8 minutes into the game, to give the Bison the early advantage. Nichols out shot the Colonels 10-4 in the first half despite the driving wind and rain.

The Colonels came out for the second half with the idea of getting more shots on net. Four shots on net would not cut it if the Colonels wanted to even up the score.

The rain and wind did not play in the Colonels favor, as it progressively worsened throughout the game. However, the Colonel did manage to outshoot the Bison’s 9-4 in the second half. However, they were unable to find the back of the net.

Bison goalkeeper Patrick Porpora finished the game with five saves to earn the shutout.

Captain Ben Silvia was not pleased with the result of the game, but was optimistic about the Colonels moving forward.

“We need to improve upon having quicker passes, and moving without the ball, and just clean up on the little things.”

Finishing was a very big issue for the Colonels in this game, they had a multitude of
opportunities. Senior midfielder Dave Stapleton was not too thrilled about the missed chances.

“We had chances, you have to score when you’re near the box, it was unfortunate that we didn’t have the luck,” said Stapleton.

The Colonels fall to 4-3-1 on the season but they’ll look to bounce back Sunday at 1 p.m. as they take on Anna Maria, at Walter M. Katz Field.