By Framingham State athletics
FRAMINGHAM – Framingham State’s Gabriel Padilla sent in a long strike off a pass from Kunphel Sinha in the 110th minute to send the #2 seed Rams past the #3 seeded Bridgewater State by a score of 2-1 in the MASCAC semifinal Friday evening at Maple Street Field in Framingham.
With the victory, the Rams advance to the MASCAC Championship game at Salem State on Sunday at noon.
Framingham State won 2-1 in the second overtime.
Framingham State is now 8-11-1.
Bridgewater ends its season at 8-10.
Padilla is a Framingham High graduate.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- Framingham State had a great look to get on the board around the 20th minute when Bryce Bortello-McCray’s header hit the crossbar.
- On the ensuing possession the Bears sprung free on a 2-on-1 in transition and Carsten Boloz’s shot went just high to keep the game locked at zero.
- After a Rams foul just outside the box in the 36th minute the Bears sent a screamer towards net that was saved by James Hartshorn. On the ensuing corner Brett Ghelfi sent in a corner which was headed by Liam Lenihan back and finished off by Will Haben for the 1-0 lead.
- The Rams had a good look in the 62nd minute but Breyner Depina’s shot was saved by William Russell to preserve the lead.
- In the 72nd minute the Rams tied it up when Sherak Ayamga’s shot went off the crossbar and the rebound was headed in by Borletto-McCray.
- The Bears had a great opportunity with just about 90 seconds to play in regulation that was saved by a diving Hartshorn.
- Early in the second overtime Justin Silva had a good chance to score off a corner but his shot went high.
- The Rams scored the game winner in the final minute of the second overtime sending them to the Championship game for the third straight season.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Framingham State finished with a 22-to-12 advantage in shots including a 6-to-1 advantage in the overtime periods.
- Russell made seven saves for the Bears while Hartshorn stopped four shots for the Rams.
- The physical contest saw a total of 24 fouls and five cautions.