The start of the school year has not been much to look forward to. However, the start of another season for the Lincoln boys soccer team has always excited students, and of course players. All the hard practices in the miserable hot weather was about to serve a purpose as the first game of the 2018 season was bound to arrive. September 4th had a marquee matchup between Mount Saint Charles academy vs the Lincoln Lions.
An under the lights night featured the Lions trying to hold onto the winning traditions it has served for many years in the past. Going for a win in the first game can get a team in better shape by gaining confidence, and a shutout would not hurt as well. The first half showed a defensive stand for both teams, as nothing easy would come to either offense. With Tim Cullen at goalie in the first half, a switch to senior David Leonardi was made to start the second half, and he left right where Tim Cullen left off.
Another half, another shutout for the Lions, as sophomores Kyle Rodriguez and Matt Morra handled the left and right sides of the field, with sophomore Sam Farranti and Senior Nick Albanese took care of center field. Furthermore, the offense meshed together, raising the chemistry with good ball movement, and a glimpse of more to come from freshman Thomas Corcoran. The freshman put in an excellent header with a nice assist from Kyle Rodriguez to put the Lions ahead 1-0 with about 20 minutes remaining. That would end up being the final score from Lincoln High school.
The first win of the season always has a good look on the team, and the Lions are looking to continue their winning ways all season long. With Thomas who is only a freshman getting minutes for varsity and scoring goals with his head, alongside the veterans around him, the season looks promising for Lincoln.