Men’s Soccer Advances to GNAC Semifinals
Suffolk men’s soccer (fourth seed) for the first time since 2010 and for just the third time in program history, is headed to the semifinals of the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) after beating fifth seeded Albertus Magnus 2-0 in the quarterfinals this past Saturday.
Sophomore midfielder Jordan Casey was almost unstoppable on the pitch as he tallied two goals, one in each half of play. Casey took a rebound off an Aaron Haggas shot near the net and slipped it past Falcon’s goalkeeper Joe Russo for his fourth goal of the season, sending Suffolk’s bench into a frenzy as Casey ran over to the bench and was greeted with excitement. Haggas was credited with the assist which was his second of the season. Casey would again score in the second half, this time cashing in on a feed from midfielder Jarrett Davis, sinking Albertus Magnus and killing the momentum they had built up towards the end of the game. Casey talked about the excitement going into the game,
“Coming in, this is a game that everyone wanted really bad. We knew that we were a better team. We were excited coming out, that energy and positive attitude really showed in our play.”
Casey also talked about scoring his first college postseason goal,
“I’m just happy I can go out there and do it for the team. If it was someone else, I would have been just as happy. But I’m glad that I could help out the team today.”
Casey was impactful right from the start of his freshman year and rookie Jarrett Davis, a freshman recruit from Loudon, New Hampshire, is experiencing that same success in his first season. He lead the GNAC in assists during the regular season, and he added to that total on Saturday as he now has nine. Suffolk freshman stopper Jon Brodeur was spectacular in net, as he made eight saves in his fourth shutout of the campaign. He improved his record to 6-5-0 and now has a 2.15 goals against average. While Brodeur was great in net, the Ram’s back line of defense was tremendous, in particular freshman recruit Jackson Hines and senior captain Ben Daniels. Both players were strong on the ball and made timely clearances when the Falcons were in the attacking third.
Before the game, Suffolk head coach James Boden commented on the young talent that is now coming through the program and has sparked this team’s playoff run,
“The freshman this year have come in, we’ve got seven starting this year, and in reality, they aren’t almost like freshman with the number of games they played.”
The impact of freshman Diego Puig-Corve has been felt in all facets of the game, as he brings a different type of intensity to the pitch that Suffolk has really never seen before. Along with freshmen Matt Campos, Christian Restrepo, Davis, Hines, and Brodeur, the program is poised to sustain success for years to come.
The Rams will travel to Maine to play Saint Joseph’s College on Tuesday in the GNAC Semifinals, with kickoff scheduled for 2:30.