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Lasers Down AMCATS in GNAC Contest

Lasers Down AMCATS in GNAC Contest

The Basics:

-Score: Lasell College 2, Anna Maria College 1

-Records: Anna Maria College (1-4-1, GNAC 0-2), Lasell college (2-3, GNAC 1-0)

-Location: Newton, Mass. (Taylor Field)

-The Lead: The Lasell men's soccer team opened Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) play with a 2-1 victory over Anna Maria College on Saturday afternoon at Taylor Field.


How It Happened:

Kenan Omerbasic (Windsor Locks, Conn.) netted the Lasers' game winner in the 50th minute, for his second goal in as many games.

The Lasers owned a slight advantage in shots overall, 18-14, as sophomore Matt Latsha (Litchfield, N.H.) took an offensive charge early with a strike in the 2nd minute that dinged off the crossbar. Anna Maria opened the scoring in the 19th minute, as Derrick Casey (Worcester, Mass.) fed Gift Kalombo (Worcester, Mass.) a pass for a breakaway goal and the 1-0 lead.

As with the previous victory against Southern Vermont, Lasell came from behind and scored the 1-1 equalizer at 35:57, this time off the cleats of freshman Simon Nigro (Simsbury, Conn.). Gerald Lemus (Revere, Mass.) fed a pass inside the six, where Nigro finished bottom corner.

In just the second play of the final half, the AMCATS committed a foul outside the 18-yard-box. A relaxed and focused Omerbasic took the free kick, bending it just past Mark Robinsaw's right shoulder, and the 2-1 game-winner.

With 15 minutes left to go in regulation, the AMCATS were presented with their most promising scoring opportunity following a free kick from an offside call. Casey wound up for a shot after collecting a loose ball in front, but David Perry (Canton Mass.) kept the AMCATS at bay with a sliding clear from the goal line.

Jackson Burhans (Berlin, N.Y.) rolled to his second straight win in net with four saves overall, while Robinshaw drops to 0-2, and stopped two of four shots faced.

Up Next:

Lasell looks to roll with momentum for their next contest, and their first road game of the season, on Monday, September 18 at Nichols at 4:00 p.m. The AMCATS return to GNAC play on Wednesday when they host the Cadets of Norwich University at 4:00 p.m.