Published in the November 2, 2016 edition
By DAN TOMASELLO
LYNNFIELD — With the regular season now in the rearview mirror, the boys’ soccer team is gearing up for the Division 4 North state tournament.
“I think we have a good chance to do very well,” said Pioneers head coach Brent Munroe.
The Pioneers (10-6-2) concluded the regular season falling 3-0 to North Reading on Oct. 25.
Lynnfield controlled the play of the game during the first half. The locals had a few chances to score during the first half but were unable to find the back of the net.
“We played well in the first half but we couldn’t put in any of our shots,” said Munroe.
North Reading scored all three of its goals during the second half.
Munroe said the locals played well against the Hornets.
“It didn’t seem like a 3-0 game,” said Munroe. “North Reading needed to win its last two games to get into the tournament. They controlled the second half and played with a sense of purpose.”
Before the game, the Pioneers honored 10 seniors during a Senior Night ceremony. The seniors honored were captains Matt Seelig and Will Klotzbier as well as Ian Ross, Jeffrey Olsen, Joseph Donovan, John Lynch, Patrick Passatempo, James Whelan, Brenden Bey, Mike Carangelo and Christopher Kinsleih.
Three members of the Pioneers were named to the Cape Ann League All-Star team last week.
Seelig was named to the CAL All-Star First Team after concluding the regular season with 11 goals. Klotzbier was also named to the CAL All-Star First Team. Klotzbier finished the regular season with two goals.
Sophomore Nathan Bass was named to the CAL All-Star Second Team.
“They are all deserving players and have represented us well this year,” said Munroe. “This was Matt’s second time making the all-star team. Will was a pretty obvious choice because he has had a great year. I think Nathan was really surprised he was named to the all-star team because he is only a sophomore and most sophomores don’t make it, but it wasn’t surprising to me because he has had a great year.”
State tourney pairings
The MIAA released the Division 4 North state tournament brackets on Wednesday, Nov. 2. To view the brackets, visit www.miaa.net.