Lasers Top Wildcats to Remain Unbeaten in GNAC

Lasers Top Wildcats to Remain Unbeaten in GNAC
Newton, MA--  League leading Lasell College prevailed over the Johnson & Wales University men's soccer team, 2-0, on Monday afternoon at Taylor Field. The Lasers remain undefeated in the Great Northeast Athletic Conference with the win at 5-0-1 while advancing to 6-5-1 overall.  The Wildcats recede to 2-9-1 this season and 1-5-0 in league. 

Senior forward Dan Hatch (Avon, MA) pulled Lasell ahead at 4:23 on a solo venture dribbling past a Wildcat defender and releasing outright on the Wildcats net from just outside the six yard box.

For the following 40 minutes, Lasell and Johnson & Wales went shot-for-shot and nearly save-for-save without amending the score.  Both squads  had produced nine total shot attempts, including five shots-on-goal each, by the halftime break.  Lasell goaltender Matthew Bruninghaus (Plymouth, MA) turning away all five Wildcat opportunities and Johnson & Wales netminder Joe Ferraro (Freehold, NJ) made four saves on attempts by Lasell. 

The back-and-forth continued through the first 10 minutes, at which point Lasell picked up their play and ended up outshooting the visitors 17-5 in the second half.  The momentum turned into a second goal in the final forty seconds of the game when Isaac Soares (Somerset, MA) found Marcus Lopez (Barrigada, Guam) just over the midfield line.   Lopez collected the pass and unleashed a monster shot from 28 yards out which scored just inside the right post to finalize the score at 2-0.

Bruninghaus finished with six saves en route to his sixth season win.  Ferraro turned aside 11 shots by the Lasers in the defeat.

Lasell returns to non-conference action on Wednesday, October 13th when they will host Haverford College at 4:00 p.m. on Taylor Field.