#1 FRANKLIN PIERCE BEAT MEN’S FOOTBALL IN NE10 CHAMPIONSHIP
Rindge, NH — The No. 7 seeded Le Moyne College Men’s Soccer Team’s 2022 Conference Tournament ended Saturday night in the NE10 Championship Game as they lost 2-0 against Franklin Pierce University, the tournament’s top seed. and the No.1 ranked team in the country according to United Soccer’s nationwide Top 25 Coaches poll.
Senior co-captain Tom Henna accepted the NE10 Championships runner-up trophy from Le Moyne after the match on behalf of the team.
The two teams faced off in front of a packed and raucous crowd at FPU’s Sodexo Field, and after 45 minutes the score was tied 0-0.
The Ravens’ offensive pressure was relentless, but Le Moyne’s backline Jack Goodrich, Ben Quigley, Alessandro Otte – which has been permanently replaced by DJ Taylor in central defense in the last minute of the first half – and David Bosack with the guardian Josh Mahr were able to hold the Ravens at bay longer than any of FPU’s previous opponents in the NE10 Championships.
The continued effort displayed by the back line, as well as the uncompromising play of central midfielders Le Moyne, Henne, Terence CryslerHowardand Max Van Duinand the pace of first-year wingers Map Jackson and Cameron Stuartas well as the physicality of Noah Sperduto up top, allowed the ‘Phins to hang on to the undisputed best team in Division II.
The 20-0-1 Ravens held most of the possession in the first half and picked up where they left off to start the second period.
Le Moyne was the only team to record a positive result – a 0-0 draw – against Franklin Pierce in the 2022 regular season, and on Saturday in the NE10 championship game, the ‘Phins did a terrific job of holding off the Franklin Pierce’s offensive storms. .
Eventually, the Ravens broke through and took the lead.
In the 56e minute, 2022 NE10 Player of the Year Braudilio Rodrigues took a shot that was deflected by another player and crossed the goal line for his 18e campaign goal.
Facing a 1-0 deficit against a Franklin Pierce side who conceded just four goals in 2022 and are yet to allow more than one goal in a single game this season, Le Moyne adjusted his formation and began to find a little more success moving the ball into their attacking third.
Le Moyne got a corner in the 65e minutes, and Jack Goodrich ready to send a cross from the right flag.
Goodrich kicked a dangerous ball into a crowd in front of the goal line, near the near post, but the ball was deflected by an FPU defender.
The Ravens doubled their lead at the 69e minute when Rodrigues entered the left side of Le Moyne’s penalty box and scored his best 19 NE10e goal for the 2022 season.
The Dolphins kept fighting until the very last second, and both teams shared respectful handshakes on the pitch after 90 physical and intense minutes of football. A Ravens celebration ensued, as the team officially won its second consecutive NE10 Conference Championship.
After the NE10 playoffs, the Dolphins now hold a 7-6-6 record.