Framingham holds off Fitchburg 3-2, win MASCAC-opener

By Liam Gambon

Staff Writer

The Framingham State women’s soccer team hung on to beat the Fitchburg State Falcons in a down to the wire 3-2 victory in Fitchburg.

The Rams controlled the game from the onset scoring three goals in under twenty minutes from first freshman Jill Smith then fellow freshman Jana Paecht and junior back Haley McKay to burst out to a 3-0 lead early.

The Rams shot the ball six times within scoring those opening three goals, then shot the ball fourteen times for the rest of the game without one landing in the back of the net.

The Falcons took eleven shots before one landed in the net, though both of their next two shots made it past sophomore goalkeeper Keyonzia Gagne-Lamoureux whom otherwise was sharp all game long. 

Gagne-Lamoureux recorded six saves on eight shots and picked up her third win on the season. Smith’s opening goal was assisted by senior Meghan Kenny, while Paecht was unassisted and McKay’s goal was assisted by Smith. Smith stole the game by opening the Rams scoring with a goal of her own and helping to score the third with an assist.

The Rams outshot the Falcons 21-13, outshooting the Falcons 13-3 in the first half alone and just being outshot 8-10 in the second half.

The Rams are now 3-2-0 on the season and travel to Rhode Island take on the 2-3 Rhode Island College Anchormen on Wednesday, Sept. 21.


The Framingham State Rams traveled to Rhode Island for a matchup against Rhode Island College.

The Rams opened the scoring with Paecht scoring late in the first half to put the rams up 1-0.

Framingham would maintain a 1-0 lead late into the second, which is where the wheels came off. RIC would score two goals in the span of almost two minutes to take a 2-1 lead with little to no time left in the game. 

The Rams would take a tough loss as they held the lead for a majority of the game.

Tess Gorman assisted on Framingham’s lone goal of the game and goalkeeper Gagne-Lamoureux made five saves on seven shots.

Paecht was recognized this week with the Player of the Week award and reinforced that accolade with another goal to add to an already productive season.

The Rams will look to start another winning streak when they take on Worcester State Saturday, Sept. 24.

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