Back in the early winter months of 2019, the Cumberland Men's Soccer program was in need of a jolt. That came with the hiring of Giuseppe Lamberti, a coach with a resume that would provide Dukes Men's Soccer just what it needed. Fast forward to the fall and the Dukes have garnered well-deserved notice from its opponents early on. A pair of overtime losses and a tie in its first three matches against playoff contenders led to their first victory on Tuesday against Lehigh Carbon. Coach Lamberti admitted that they are still a work in progress, but he is very pleased by the improvement he has seen from Match 1 to Match 4.
The Dukes are led defensively by Clement Spagnolo who has been a stalwart on the back line for Cumberland. The midfield may be the strength of the Dukes with Gabriel Curioso, Luiz Henrique Oliveira, Nicolo Monacelli, and Masahiro Muramatsu facilitating the offense. Up front, Higor Barbieri has taken lead for the Dukes as the starting striker. In net, the trio of Felipe Agostinho, Erick Ferreira, and Lucas Dolbano Rinaldi have done a tremendous job sharing the workload for Cumberland.
Based on the feeling from the Dukes coaching staff mixed with the eagerness of the players to turn around the culture of Cumberland soccer, look for the Dukes to hit their stride as 2019 moves along.