The Sunapee boys soccer team had a solid showing in its season opener Monday with a 1-0 victory over Wilton-Lyndeborough. So coach Jack Iacopino’s squad was eager to try and make it two wins in a row during yesterday’s home opener against Moultonborough.
Unfortunately for the Lakers, however, it was Moultonborough who came out surging in its first game of the regular season, firing off two quick scores in the game’s first five minutes, and held on for an eventual 3-2 victory.
Sunapee keeper Cole Cruz was pounded with shots early in the contest on his way to a seven-save performance, doing everything in his power to keep his team in the game. And the Lakers eventually responded to that effort, as a perfectly-executed give-and-go from Lane Smith to Cade Robinson and back to Smith late in the first half cut the deficit to 2-1.
Sunapee kept on fighting from there, and eventually tied things up when Carson Garland found Robinson in the box, leaving the forward to split a pair of defenders and slip a shot past Moultonborough’s keeper to knot the score up at 2-2 midway through the second half.
The Lakers kept the heat on, but Moultonborough eventually answered in the game’s final minutes with what proved to be the game-winning goal. I spoke with Sunapee coach Jack Iacopino after the game, who said his team needs to learn how to play a complete 80-minute game.
The Lakers will try and bounce back next Friday when they travel to face Concord Christian.