Messiah Ends Framingham State’s Soccer Season in Opening Round of NCAA Tourney

By Framingham State athletics

ONEONTA, NEW YORK – The Framingham State men’s soccer team was eliminated from the NCAA Tournament by nationally eighth-ranked Messiah College by a score of 6-1 on Saturday afternoon on the campus of SUNY Oneonta at Red Dragon Field. 

Framingham State ends its season at 11-9-2.

Messiah is now 17-2-2


  • The Falcons jumped on the board early scoring in the third minute when Lucas Kokolios finished a nice pass from Ben Lefever.
  • The Falcons took advantage of a Rams foul in the 18 and converted on a penalty kick in the 24thminute to extend the lead to 2-0. 
  • After getting some momentum and a couple good looks for Gustavo Cassemiro and Andre Oliveira but the Falcons scored in the final minutes of the first frame when Matt McDonald headed in a cross off the foot of Christian Valen. 
  • The Falcons started the second frame in similar fashion finding the back of the net after a long pass from Ben Lefever drew out the Rams keeper and a nice move by Micah Fitz left the net wide open for him.
  • Messiah added on in the 53rd minute when Trevor Gooding controlled the ball in the box and shot over the goalie’s head. 

  • The Rams finally broke through in the 60th minute when Gustavo Cassemiro dribbled the ball through the box around a defender and sent a strike into the back of the net. 
  • The Falcons added a score in the 85th minute when Joseph Cianociotta scored off a corner play from Chris Sepessy to reach the final margin.
  • Rams senior keeper Corey Davidge made nine saves while Nate Flanders made one save in net for Messiah.
  • Messiah outshot the Rams 23-to-6 and were award five corner kicks to the Rams one.
  • Messiah advances to the second round of the Div. III Tournament and will face the winner of SUNY Oneonta and Babson College on Sunday afternoon. 

Photo from a previous game this season by Moments Suspended in Time Photography

Framingham Source Editor Susan Petroni

Susan Petroni Framingham Source Editor Email: Phone: 508-315-7176

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