Due to the Nor'easter in the area, the Groton-Dunstable boys' soccer team gained an extra day of rest to get ready for their Division 2 Central Mass. semifinals match-up with Millbury. The semifinals have been moved to the artificial turf at Lunenburg High School for tomorrow at 5 p.m.
The Crusaders were originally scheduled to play at the Clinton Memorial Veterans Athletic Complex as part of a double-header with the girls' soccer team. Groton-Dunstable is coming off a 2-nil victory over a tough Grafton Indians club. Matt Tomaritis and Doug Ross tallied the game's only goals. Millbury is the top seed in the field, and had an easy draw when they faced Bay Path in the quarterfinals.
The Woolies exploded for five goals against the Minutemen on Monday. Millbury is lead in scoring by Alfred Koroma. Koroma has found the back of the net 25 times this season, and has accounted for nearly 34 percent of the Woolies goals this season.
Millbury also has Kyle Santoro who has nine goals on the season with 14 assists. The Crusaders need to shut down Santoro and Koroma to have a chance. Koroma knocked home two goals in the Woolies win over Bay Path, and Santoro chipped in three assists.
Groton-Dunstable has the most lethal goal-scoring weapon in their arsenal in Nate Pomeroy. Pomeroy has rippled the twine 20 times this season. Pomeroy is the only player in Central Mass. with 20 goals, and 20 assists. The Crusaders are the defending Division 2 State Champions for a reason, but they handle that honor with pride.
Tornaritis is no slouch either, with his 11 goals and four assists. In goal for the Crusaders is junior Connor McGuire who has started eight games this season with a stingy goals against average sub one at 0.33. Groton Dunstable has been known to use their other two goalkeepers frequently throughout the season. Both Jamie Bailey and John Nyillis garner goals against averages of 1.50.
Groton-Dunstable's defensive back line is anchored by the senior rotation of Steinar Skagestad, Paolo Flho, Tim Higgins, Eric Stone and Adam Kmetz.
The top-seeded Woolies have a sturdy goalkeeper between the pipes in senior Zach Richard . Richard has a goal against average of 0.89 in 16 games this season.
Towards the latter end of the year Hudson played five defenders back, and were able to earn a 0-0 draw with the Crusaders. Groton-Dunstable needs to bide their time against the Woolies stingy defense, and feed their multi-pronged attack.
Millbury is a formidable opponent it will be a close game, don't be surprised if this one goes to overtime.