HENRY CAULFIELD looks for a teammate against St. Paul on Nov. 4 at LHS. The junior midfielder had an assist during Lynnfield’s 2-0 victory. (Dan Tomasello Photo)
Beat St. Paul 2-0 in preliminary round
By STEPHEN MARTELLUCCI
LYNNFIELD — Last Saturday evening, the Lynnfield High boys’ soccer team took the two hour long trip south to Greater New Bedford Tech for the round of 32 game in the Division 3 state tournament.
The trip back home was even longer for the Pioneers as they lost 3-1 to the Bears.
With that defeat, the 24th-seeded Pioneers ended the year at 10-7-3. Meanwhile, the 9th-seeded Bears improved to 13-4-2 as they will visit Gloucester on Nov. 10 at 5 p.m. in the round of 16.
“They have a very good team,” admitted Pioneers head coach Brent Munroe. “We played well but they are just the better team and were able to dominate the territorial play.”
The Pioneers actually struck first as Nickson Joseph scored, unassisted, 12 minutes into the game.
In the 27th-minute the Bears tied it on a goal by Andrew Soares as the teams went to halftime tied at 1-1. Cameron Aguiar assisted.
In the second stanza, the hosts took control.
In the 15th-minute, Jose Juarez scored the eventual game-winning goal assisted by Aguiar. Later on, off a Bears free kick, the ball went off the hand of a Pioneer in the wall defensive set-up and the Bears got awarded a penalty kick. Ricardo Macedo cashed it in to make it 3-1.
Pioneer goalie Chase Carney made 12 saves.
Along with Carney, Munroe was also pleased with the play of Joseph and senior captains, Jake Mallett (defenseman) and Dom Ferrante (center-midfielder).
In the preliminary round on Nov. 4, the Pioneers shutout St. Paul Diocesan, 2-0, at home.
St. Paul Diocesan, who was the 41st seed, ended the year at 9-8. The Knights are a Catholic school located in Worcester.
After a scoreless opening half, the Pioneers scored early in the second half as Alex Gentile scored on a rebound of his own shot. Dylan Reilly assisted.
Gentile then scored the other goal later in the second half off a corner kick by Henry Caulfield.
Carney made four saves in net.
“We controlled most of the play,” pointed out Munroe.