Rams Defeat Bears 2-1; Undefeated in Conference Play

By Bridgewater & Framingham State athletics

BRIDGEWATER – The visiting Framingham State University men’s soccer team earned a 2-1 victory over Bridgewater State University in a Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) matchup on at Swenson Field in Bridgewater.

Framingham State remains undefeated in the Conference at 5-0 and is 8-6-1 overall.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

  • Bridgewater forward David Nelson (East Bridgewater, Mass.) opened the scoring in the eighth minute as he notched his third goal of the season. Nelson tucked a shot inside the left post from the top of the 18 off an assist from junior forward Kevin Roberts (Medway, Mass.).
  • The Bears nearly took a 2-0 lead in the 25th minute as senior forward Justin Borges (Milford, Mass.) ripped a shot just over the crossbar from 20 yards out.
  • BSU senior goalkeeper Nate Morgado (Dartmouth, Mass.) made a terrific leaping stop on header attempt by freshman defender Dante Mancini (Hopedale, Mass.) in the 28th minute to maintain the lead for the Bears.
  • Morgado also made a tremendous diving stop on a shot labeled for the right side of the cage by Ibrahim Kyeyune (Kampala, Uganda) in the 37th minute.
  • The Rams tied the game at 1-1 on a controversial goal with 90 seconds remaining in the first half. Just as the BSU keeper was fielding a loose ball inside the 18, freshman forward Josh Ofosu(Chelmsford, Mass.) knocked it out of his hands and tapped a shot into the wide open net. The scoring strike marked Ofosu’s second of the season.
  • In the second half, Morgado punched one over the crossbar on a one-timer by senior forward Isaac De Souza (Sao Paulo, Brazil) from the top of the six in the 49th minute. Morgado made another leaping stop on a shot by senior forward Bryce Nardizzi (Framingham, Mass.) headed for the top-left corner of the net in the 60th minute. Moments later, Ofosu slipped a shot just wide of the far post from the top-right corner of the 18.

  • Nardizzi broke the 1-1 tie in the 74th minute as he curled a shot inside the left post from 22 yards out. Junior defender Leonardo Sena (Framingham, Mass.) picked the assist on Nardizzi’s seventh goal of the season.
  • The Bears had a golden opportunity to net the equalizer as they were awarded a penalty kick in the 79th minute. Framingham senior keeper Corey Davidge (Blackstone, Mass.), however, made a diving stop on Roberts’ PK attempt to maintain the lead for the Rams.
  • Davidge made another diving stop on a header attempt by Roberts off a long throw-in with just over a minute remaining in regulation to help seal the victory for the Rams.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

  • Framingham held a 24-15 shot advantage for the game as well as an 8-2 edge in corner kick attempts.
  • Davidge made just the two saves to record his sixth win of the season. Morgado stopped nine shots in the setback for Bridgewater State.

UP NEXT:

The Bears host the Corsairs of UMass Dartmouth on Tuesday afternoon at 3:30, while the Rams travel to UMass Boston on Tuesday night for a seven o’clock game with the Beacons.

Framingham Source Editor Susan Petroni

Susan Petroni Framingham Source Editor Email: editor@FraminghamSource.com Phone: 508-315-7176

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