By Framingham State athletics
WESTFIELD – The fourth seeded Framingham State women’s soccer team was defeated by top seeded Westfield State in the semifinal of the 2021 MASCAC Tournament by a score of 3-0.
The Owls will host the Tournament Championship on Sunday with the conference’s automatic qualifier into the NCAA Tournament on the line.
The Rams see their 2021 campaign close at 5-12-2 and MASCAC Tournament semifinalists.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- Westfield got on the board first when senior back Morgan Remington (Enfield, Conn.) made an overlapping run deep in the left corner, then served a perfect ball across the goal mouth to Madi Dufries, who tapped it in at the back post for a 1-0 lead in the 49th minute.
- Framingham battled throughout the game, as the Owls were unable to gain any distance on the Rams until late.
- With about nine minutes left in regulation Westfield’s Delaney Parker (Orange/Mahar) was tripped just outside the top of the penalty area to give the Owls a direct kick. Jaida Cochran (Middleboro) blistered a high shot that Framingham goalkeeper Sarah Lutsic (Sandwich) elevated to save.
- Less than a minute later, Westfield State extended the lead to 2-0. Off an Owls throw in, Dufries used a back heel pass to Jenn Rennich (Bedford), who centered the ball for Parker who found the back of the net for her nation-leading 30th goal of the season on a shot with 8:27 left in regulation to give the Owls a 2-0 lead.
- Dufries added her second goal late in the game when Rennich fed her on a free kick from the left side that skipped through the penalty area and Dufries slid into the back post to beat a Framingham defender and score the goal.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Westfield junior goalkeeper Lauryn Davis (Templeton/Quabbin) made two saves to earn the shutout for Westfield State, while Oskirko finished with nine saves and Lutsic three for Framingham.
- For Framingham, Lutsic relieved freshman Jetta Oskirko (Lancaster//Nashoba) in goal with 19 minutes left in the game, with Oskirko returning to the match as a forward to try to bolster the Rams attack.
- Westfield greeted Lutsic with back-to-back shots from Parker and Rennich in the first 90 seconds in goal, with Lutsic saving both shots.
- Westfield outshot the Rams 36-3 in the match and has a 6-0 advantage in corner kicks.