Scala comes up big, scores twice on penalty kicks
By: Treyjon Lewis
The New England College Men’s Soccer team defeated Elms College on Saturday, September 23. Although nothing was scored in the first half, both teams were able to create great looks and scoring opportunities.
In the second half, Elms came out and scored in under a minute. This goal gave them the lead for most of the half until the Blazers committed a foul, leading to a penalty kick goal from ‘Grims junior midfielder Will Scala. This tied the game 1-1.
Minutes after, a goal from sophomore midfielder Anthony Aguiar gave the ‘Grims the lead. But it wasn’t long until the Blazers answered back with another goal to tie the score back 2-2.
With 2 minutes left the Blazers got a foul play which led to the ‘Grims scoring again after another free kick goal from Scala to take the lead and win the game 3-2.
Graduate Student Cooper Ribaudo talked about battling back after the Blazers took the first lead.
“We got scored on early in the second half and we had to battle back from the get-go, and we knew we couldn’t back down. We had the opportunities, and we knew it was going to come and when it did, we just kept attacking and didn’t let off the gas pedal,” Ribaudo said.
‘Grims Men’s soccer remain undefeated at 3-0-4. Ribaudo says going forward they can use this to prove themselves in the conference.
“Every game is going to be a battle in the conference, and we can’t give up easy fouls that lead them to good opportunities and which they scored from one of them. We can battle no matter what the score is and we will always be in games,” he said.