It’s almost playoff time for the Suffolk men’s soccer program as there are only three games left on the schedule this season.
Recently it’s been tough as the men have dropped their last three games, allowing three goals in each match; the Rams were defeated 3-2. 3-1, and 3-1 again.
These are tough matches to drop as Suffolk will need every win it can get to have momentum going into the playoffs.
Sitting in eighth place in the GNAC right now, the Rams have a record of 3-4-1, which makes them eligible for the last spot in the playoffs if they can perform up to par in these last three matches.
Out of those matches, two of them will be played against GNAC opponents; Lasell and Rivier.
Lasell this year has been dominant posting an 8-0 record on the season and in first place in the GNAC. Rivier on the other hand sits below Suffolk and is threatening to overtake them in the standings if the Rams cannot defeat them in their upcoming game.
Before playing those GNAC rivals, they will have to go on the road to face Salve Regina, a non-conference game that can help boost their record and winning-percentage.
Sophomore Dijbril Niang of Senegal has been a major part of this year’s Rams team. He is fourth on the team with three goals and fourth in assists with two on the year.
As a midfielder, primarily on the left side, Niang is all over the field playing offense and getting back for defense as well. He feels that the Rams are poised for a playoff run and can’t wait to finish out the season.
“Our game versus Salve is just a warm up for our last two conference games. If we win our last two (conference games), were into the playoffs and possibly be able to play at home in the first round.“
When asked about playing undefeated Lasell, Niang was itching at the chance,
“Excited. I scored the equalizer when we tied them last year. I can’t wait to be the first team to [beat them]”.
If the rest of the Rams roster is as excited about the end of the season as Niang is, it looks as if this team has exactly what it needs to make a run to the playoffs.
Suffolk will play Lasell at home on Wednesday at 8 p.m. at Dilboy Stadium in Somerville.