By Michael Letendre
Men’s Soccer hosted the MCLA Trailblazers Tuesday afternoon in a MASCAC Quarterfinal showdown at Coughlin Field. With goals from First-year Midfielder Taylor Gavaletz, Junior Forward Luke-Mark Anu & First-year Forward Brady Iovanni, the Lancers completed their ninth shutout in 2022 and advance to the Semifinals.
Here’s where the Lancers finished in the regular season, prior to their Quarterfinal meeting with the Trailblazers:
Worcester State kicked off their 2022 season with a 1-1 draw against WPI in a Worcester derby on September 1st, followed by a 3-1 victory against Rhode Island College in their home opener on September 3rd. The season was a series of triumphs and draws in both conference & non-conference play, including eight shutouts. This has been a major improvement from last year’s season. “All thanks to the great teammates and coaching staff we have in our program, we’ve been able to improve tremendously as a group from last year’s poor season,” says Junior Midfielder Manny Ramirez. “This year has been all about taking steps forward as a group and out competing our opponents.”.
The Lancers capped off their regular season with a 2-0 Conference victory over the Massachusetts Maritime Buccaneers, bringing them to a record of 8-3-6 overall and a 4-0-3 record in the MASCAC.
With their 3-0 shutout over MCLA, Worcester State will now continue their quest for the championship with a trip to Salem this coming Friday to take on the defending MASCAC Champions in the Semifinals. The last meeting between the Lancers & Vikings was on October 15, where both teams battled to an intense 3-3 draw, with a 71st minute strike by Luke-Mark Anu after the Lancers were awarded a penalty kick. Salem, being the #2 seed, now awaits the #3 seed Lancers’ arrival on Friday as they meet once again in 2022.
“We have a really good chance of bringing home a championship & that’s what we will remain working on”,’’ says Ramirez.
Fans can follow their progress through visiting the Worcester State Lancers website and also via Instagram @woomsoc.
10/29/2022 – Men’s Soccer Senior Day
Photo by Michael Letendre