Men’s soccer opens MASCAC with 1-0 win over Fitchburg

In need of a win after starting the season at a dismal 1-4, the Rams opened up conference play with a match against Fitchburg State on the road on Sept 19.

Just 14 minutes into the game, the Falcons nearly took the lead,when Jefferson Acha ripped a free kick from about 20 yards out.

Rams goalkeeper Josh Arno dived to his left and made a tremendous save keeping it tied at zero.

Just 15 minutes later, the Rams had themselves a scoring chance, when Igor Pessoni headed a ball on net that eventually got cleared out of the zone by the Falcons, resulting in nothing for the Rams.

In the 42nd minute of action, with the score still 0-0, Rams forward Cory Cardeiro received a pass from Ben Britton and put it in the back of the net putting the Rams up 1-0 going into the half.

The goal marked Cardeiro’s fourth on the season. In the second half, the Falcons had multiple chances to score, but Arno put a stop to every scoring opportunity by making save after save resulting in a final score of 1-0.

Arno ended with 10 saves while earning his first clean sheet of the season. The Rams picked up their second victory of the season, improving their record to 2-4.

On Sept. 23, the Rams traveled to Providence to take on Rhode Island College in a non-conference match.

The Anchormen started the scoring in the 17th minute, when Komla Dogbey chased down a pass from teammate Jose Zarraga, avoided a challenging Arno and tapped the ball into the open goal.

Framingham State came right back with a goal of its own about 20 minutes later, when Rams forward Andy Segura corralled a rebound and blast- ed a shot into the back of the net to tie it at 1-1.

This remained the score going into halftime. In the second half, it was all Anchormen. In the 54th minute, Dogbey scored his second goal of the game, on a breakaway, making it 2-1 Anchormen.

In the 66th minute, the Anchormen struck again. This time it was Yemi Matthew who knocked in an important insurance goal for his first career goal, making it 3-1 Anchormen.

Rhode Island College wasn’t done just yet though, in the 83rd minute, the Anchormen would add one more.

The goal was scored by Nicholas Wolny, and made it 4-1 Anchormen. Arno ended the game with eight saves.

Rhode Island College earned the win after closing the game with three unanswered goals. Despite going 1-1 on the week, the Rams drop to a dis- appointing 2-5 for the season.

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