VERMONT - Lesley University head women's soccer coach Paul Vasconcelos stated the importance rather matter-of-factly, "Saturday's win against Johnson (State) was big as we gave ourselves a chance to host our first ever NAC postseason match."
In their final year of play in the North Atlantic Conference before heading to the newly formed New England Collegiate Conference, the Lynx continued to compound onto their best season in program history with a 2-0 victory over Johnson State during a two-day road trip in Vermont last weekend.
Lesley lost, 4-0, against Castleton State on Sunday, but part of its mission was already completed. The Lynx left Vermont with an 11-3-1 overall mark and 4-3-1 record in conference play, keeping Lesley among the top four in the NAC standings.
The Lynx dominated play against Johnson State, taking 22 shots to the Badgers' eight, and earning five more corner kicks (8-3). Junior forward Lani Cabral-Pini (Wilmington, Mass.) scored the only goal of the first half in the 37th minute. The result remained in question, though, until the 85th minute, when NAC leading scorer, sophomore Jodi Fralick (Woburn, Mass.), put home a corner kick situation and give Lesley a big 2-0 win.
The next day didn't go as smoothly for the Lynx, however, as Castleton State netted two goals in each half and coasted to the win.
The Lynx will next take to the pitch on Tuesday against Wheelock College followed by a 1 p.m. matchup with Baypath College on Saturday. Baypath will be a member of the NECC, along with Lesley next year. For more information Lesley University women's soccer, visit their website.