LYNNFIELD — On Oct. 15, the Lynnfield High boys’ soccer team posted its fourth-straight shutout as they blanked host Triton, 4-0, in Byfield. The Pioneers were able to complete the season sweep over the Vikings as they improved to 9-4-1 overall and 8-2-1 in the Cape Ann League.
They also clinched a bid to the Division 3 state tournament with the victory.
All four Pioneers goals were scored in the first 20 minutes of the game.
“They are a rebuilding team,” explained Lynnfield head coach Brent Munroe, about the Vikings. “We have done a good job of taking care of the teams we are supposed to beat this season.”
Ninth-grader, Dylan Reilly, scored the first goal assisted by Charlie Morgan. Alex Gentile made it 2-0 assisted by freshman Joel Anthony. Anthony then made it 3-0 with Gentile assisting. senior co-captain, Dom Ferrante, had the final tally and that was unassisted.
Pioneer goalie, Chase Carney, improved to 5-4-1 playing the first half. Kellen Cardinal played in net the second half as both goalies did not have to face one shot on goal.
Lynnfield entered this week in second place behind undefeated Newburyport in the CAL Kinney Division.
On Oct. 12, the Pioneers won at Ipswich 2-0.
Just like the Triton game, all of the Pioneer goals came in the opening half. Reilly had the first one while Ferrante had the second one assisted by fellow senior co-captain, Jake Mallett.
Cardinal started in goal in this game and made two saves in the first half to go to 4-0 in net. Carney turned back four Tiger shots in the second stanza to preserve the shutout.
“We moved the ball well in the first half but were flat the second half,” said Munroe.
That was Lynnfield’s only meeting with Ipswich this season.
On Oct. 21, the Pioneers host Manchester-Essex at 6 p.m. on Lynnfield Youth Soccer night. It is the lone meeting between the two schools this year.
They then welcome Pentucket on Oct. 25, also at 6 p.m. on Senior Night as the five Pioneer seniors will be honored.
On Sept. 27, Lynnfield tied Pentucket 1-1 in the first meeting.