Published November 11, 2020

THE SENIORS led the 2020 LHS boys’ soccer team to a share of the CAL Kinney Division title. Pictured from left to right is Chris daSilva, Dante Gesamondo, Luke Martinho, Jack Bird, Alexis Robles, Mateusz Brzezinski, Jack Zalvan, Lars Ruecker, David Picariello and Chris Pavao. (Dan Pawlowski Photo)

By STEPHEN MARTELLUCCI

ROCKPORT — In their final game of the season, the Lynnfield High boys soccer team tied host Rockport, 0-0, on an unseasonably warm day on Monday.

With that result, the Pioneers’ record finished at 7-1-2 overall as they were tri-champs with North Reading and Newburyport in the Cape Ann League Kinney Division.

“There was a lot to play for going into this game,” said Pioneers head coach Brent Munroe. “We were fighting for the Kinney Division title while they were going for the Baker Division title, which they clinched with the tie.”

Lynnfield’s best chance to score came in the first half when Dom Ferrante hit the crossbar.

“They have a very tough defense,” said Munroe about the Vikings, who finished at 4-1-5.

Goalkeeper Dante Gesamondo posted his sixth shutout of the year with six saves. The senior captain finished at 7-1-2 in net.

On Nov. 4, the Pioneers handed host Newburyport their lone loss of the season winning 1-0.

“They carried the play,” acknowledged Munroe, as the Clippers dominated the territorial play. “Dante was spectacular for us,”

Gesamondo had a season-high 13 stops in net that day.

The lone Pioneer tally was an own goal as a Clipper defender was passing the ball back to his goalie who slipped a little bit as the ball went over his head and into the net in the first half.

“We got very lucky,” admitted Munroe.

On Nov. 3, the Pioneers won their home finale 2-1 over Pentucket.

“That was the best game we played all year,” said Munroe.

After a scoreless opening half, Lynnfield scored twice in the third quarter. Mateusz Brzezinski opened the scoring as the senior’s shot from 25-yards out hit off the bottom of the crossbar and bounced into the goal.

Alex Gentile had the other tally with a steal and a partial breakaway shot.

The Sachems cut the lead to one with just over two minutes left in the game but the locals were able to hold on.

Gesamondo had four stops in that game.

The Cape Ann League called off its league tournament they were previously scheduled to hold due to so many towns in the league being in the “Red” zone with COVID-19 numbers going up.