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  • Writer's pictureConnor Blaney

Falcons soar past Lasers 3-2

Updated: Oct 11, 2023

The men’s soccer team fell against the Albertus Magnus Falcons last Tuesday, moving to 2-6-2 on the season.

The first half strongly favored the Lasers, as first-year forward Owen O’Brien scored his first career goal, and sophomore midfielder Liam Thompson gave his team a 2-0 cushion. The Lasers were in cruise control having dominated the pitch in every statistical category.

During the second half, the Falcons looked like a completely different team, bringing a new mentality to Taylor Field. Midfielder Kevin Cortez put his team within a goal after a strike that silenced the Laser crowd.

Moments later, the Falcons tied the match up with a goal from defenseman Gabriel Paglia.

With the energy shifted, the Falcons continued to attack, as Cortez added to his already impressive day with another goal to put his team up 3-2.

Laser Daniel Augustine defends against a Falcon player during their game against Albertus Magnus.

Photo by Joe Giacco.

After the game, O’Brien said he wanted to contribute to the team and do whatever he could, despite being a rookie.

“If I'm not playing well, then I know that I have to work as hard as I can," said O’Brien. “I was in the right spot [to score], fortunately, and just put in the back of the net.”

O’Brien added that he thinks everyone on the team needs to keep their heads up to lock in moving forward.

“We have leaders on this team. We have people who have voices,” said O’Brien. “We just have to work harder on the field and communicate more. I think we can pull it together.”

Defenseman Michael Palumbo reflected on the importance of O’Brien and the other young players on the team.

“There has certainly been a lot of [added] energy,” said Palumbo. “The young guys have been really important for us going through this year.”

Now a graduate student, Palumbo hopes to rally his squad together and be the leader they desperately need.

“I'm one of the captains of the team,” said Palumbo. “I need to make sure we do a better job of keeping everyone headstrong and prepared to play in our matches.”

The Lasers look to bounce back from this defeat as they travel to face Saint Joe’s (ME) on Saturday, Oct. 7, at 1:30 p.m.


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