Bridgewater, MA-- In a clash of New England regional conference leaders, the Bridgewater State University men's soccer team held the Lasell College Lasers scoreless through ninety minutes, securing a 4-0 victory on Wednesday night. Lasell leads the Great Northeast Athletic Conference with a 4-4 overall and a 3-0 league slate, while Bridgewater heads the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference with a 7-2 overall, and 2-0 conference record.
Shots were nearly even in the match with the Lasers holding a thin 14-13 edge as well as a narrow 5-4 advantage in corner kicks. Bridgewater goaltender DJ Siewierski (Stow, MA) rejected seven shots by Lasell in his third shutout of the season. Lasell's junior keeper Matthew Bruninghaus (Plymouth, MA) tallied a pair of saves in the defeat.
The hosts got on the board quickly when junior forward Jose DePina (Boston, MA) redirected a cross from Donald Flores (Cranston, RI) in the 11th minute. After Simao Mendes (Brockton, MA) converted a penalty kick just 37 seconds later, DePina would score again in the 20th minute, scoring on the nearside post after an indirect kick was awarded to the Bears. Flores picked up his second assist on the play. Bridgewater had a 3-0 lead heading into the half.
The score would hold until the 73rd minute when Mike Fraser (Marshfield, MA) drilled a shot past Bruininghaus to bring about the final score.
On Saturday, October 2nd, the Lasers will entertain Great Northeast Athletic Conference opponent Suffolk University at 12:00 p.m. on Taylor Field. The Rams are currently 5-4 overall and 2-1 in the league.