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Wanderers aiming for top-3

Tuesday, July 3, 2018 by Peter Car pcar@tnonline.com in Sports

It’s coming down to the final week of the regular season for Norco Legion and the Wanderers are still jockeying for position with Nazareth and Northampton.

The Wanderers came into this week with a 12-3-1 record, good enough to be sitting in third place behind Northampton (11-3) and first place Nazareth (12-2).

Staying in the top-three would be ideal for head coach Dwight Pulieri, but he’s also more than happy with how this season has unfolded for his group.

“Going into every Legion season it’s hard to really anticipate how the season will play out as far as wins and losses go,” Pulieri said. “We felt in the beginning that if we had all of our players available we would be able to compete with anyone. But as it is with all the teams in our league that is not realistic. So to be this far into the season and to be where we are record-wise, we, as a team, are very happy.”

The Wanderers have two games slated for this week, both against Wilson (4-8), which should help their status heading into the postseason.

“As far as the playoffs go, seedings are only seedings and what is more important is how you’re playing as a team at that time,” Pulieri said. “The playoff teams in Norco are well-balanced. There is no dominant team and I feel once you’re in the playoffs any team could win the championship. The most satisfying thing this season has been with all the different lineups we’ve had, is the consistency we have played with. Every one of our 18-man roster has contributed to our success so far.”

Bankos (8-7) and Freemansburg (6-9) are seeded sixth and seventh respectively in the league heading into this week, as both teams are also looking at clinching postseason berths.

Both teams square off against each other three times this week, in what could determine if both or just one team moves forward into the postseason.