By Framingham State athletics
FITCHBURG – Framingham State junior Maddy Pimental (pictured) broke a 1-1 tie with two minutes to play in regulation to send the Rams past Fitchburg State Friday evening in a Little East matchup. at Elliot Field in Fitchburg.
With the win, Framingham State earns its first conference victory, and is now 2-2 overall.
With the loss, Fitchburg State is now 1-4 overall and 0-1 in the conference.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- Framingham State opened the scoring at the 5:41 mark as junior Marissa Dias (Attleboro, Mass.) received a pass from freshman Mallory Weir (Bear, Mass.) and blasted a shot inside the near post for the 1-0 margin.
- The Rams nearly doubled their edge with seven minutes left in the half when Weir put a shot on frame, but freshman Sophia Morse (West Bridgewater, Mass.) cleared the ball off the goal line for a defensive save to keep the score at 1-0 going into the intermission.
- Following the break, Fitchburg State knotted the score (1-1) in the 37th minute of action with freshman Lena Spadafore (Lunenberg, Mass.) gathered a feed from senior Olivia Grant (Portsmouth, N.H.) and deposited a shot into the back of the net for her first collegiate tally.
- Framingham State answered back with just over two minutes left in the contest when Pimental collected a loose ball off a shot from sophomore Julia Tetreault (Sutton, Mass.) and netted the eventually game-winner, resulting in the 2-1 final.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Both teams finished with nine shots apiece, while the Rams held a slim 6-5 edge in penalty corners
- Freshman Colleen Lamprey (Cherry Valley, Mass.) stopped five shots for Fitchburg State in the setback
- Sophomore Grace Pushor (Old Town, Maine) made eight saves for Framingham State in the complete game victory
- Falcons will host the Engineers of WPI on Tuesday for a non-conference tilt, starting at 4 p.m. Rams will travel the Blue of Wellesley College on Wednesday for a non-conference matchup.