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Men’s Soccer Falls to Suffolk 1-0

Lasers' sophomore goalkeeper Gabrielus Bazikas makes diving stop to keep the game scoreless in the first half. Photo by Joe Giacco

The Men’s Soccer team fell to the Suffolk University Rams 1-0 Wednesday on Taylor Field. The Lasers remain winless at home and fall to 1-3-3 on the year.

“The boys played well once we put the ball down and trust our feet,” Coach Jared Lewis said. “Today, we had just one lapse in judgment. And that's the result.”

The deciding goal came in the 74th minute. Suffolk’s Aidan McLaughlin put a ball past the defense to Brady Sorensen. Sorensen beat sophomore keeper Gabrielus Bazikas to the ball, which he popped past Bazikas and into the far post.

Despite this, the Lasers’ back line helped snuff out 17 shots, only four of which reached the goal for Bazikas to save, and many balls played in through the air.

“It's about kind of being aggressive and having the IQ,” senior captain Michael Palumbo said. “I'm a shorter player myself, and I always tell people that the thing about headers is always IQ before it's the height, and if you can read the ball, you can read which way it's coming from. That's a lot of the game there.”

Graduate defender Jonathan Martinez clears a loose in the Lasers' box. Photo by Joe Giacco

Before the score, the Rams found strength in their midfield. Suffolk dominated possession in the midfield, which led to possession in their final third and seven corner kicks, including the first five of the game. The Rams were also the less disciplined side in the first half, fouling the Lasers seven times in the first half.

“The height was a challenge for us, but we didn't back down from it,” Lewis said. “You know, we struggled a little bit in the first half dealing with that height. Second half. They didn't really use that to their advantage. So we were able to play our game.”

With the loss, the Men’s Soccer team remains winless at home this season. Before this, they drew with Anna Maria and Dean College and dropped a game to Curry College 6-2. This also continues a multi-year losing streak. The last home win was a 3-1 result against Suffolk on October 23, 2019, 11 games ago.

Sophomore forward Daniel Faynstein take on a Suffolk defender. Photo by Joe Giacco

The Lasers’ next match will be Saturday against Norwich. Their next opportunity to win at home is October 1 against Emmanuel.


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