The Rochester Lancers need a few goal celebrations this weekend. (Photo courtesy of the Lancers)
Just about every game for the rest of the National Premier Soccer League season could be a must-win match for the Rochester Lancers.
Entering this weekend’s action, they find themselves in fifth place in the Midwest East Conference Division with a 3-3-2 record and 13 points as they vie for one of the two playoff spots.
The Lancers, who missed last year’s playoffs by a point, meet third-place FC Buffalo (4-2-2 18) at Robert E. Rich All-High Stadium at 7 p.m. Friday before visiting first-place Erie Commodores FC (6-0-1, 19) at Gannon University Field Sunday at 2 p.m.
Rochester dropped a 4-2 home decision to FC Buffalo June 3 and played to a 3-3 draw with Erie in its home opener May 27.
Lancers forward Will Stone will be available for selection Friday night after serving a one-game suspension.
The Lancers are 3-0-1 in their last four matches, outscoring their opposition, 9-2.
Rafa Godoi leads the team with four goals as Isaac Kissi, Lukas Fernandes and Stone follow with three goals apiece.
Goalkeeper James Lepetit has two shutouts in four starts.
Rochester will return home to host Binghamton FC at Marina Auto Stadium Saturday, June 30 at 5 p.m. Jeff DiVeronica, long-time soccer writer and sportswriter who is leaving the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, will be the honorary captain of the team for that game.
The Lady Lancers, who have this weekend off, welcome the Western New York Flash to the stadium for a United Women’s Soccer encounter in the first game of a doubleheader that day at 2 p.m.
Between games, the Lancers will induct their four members of their Wall of Fame. The inductees include:
* Rudy LePore and Patsy Frank, who were among the founders of the team
* Frank Tata, an original Lancer and a former Italian American Sport Club player that won the 1963 U.S. Amateur Cup title, which led to the formation of the Lancers in 1967
* Ron DeFrance, former Lancers TV play-by-play man and longtime Rochester radio and television sports personality
* Former goalkeeper Shep Messing, who played for the team in 1979. He also performed for the Cosmos and New York Arrows (indoors)