By Richard Tranfaglia
Framingham State won a close game against MCLA 1-0.
It was a physical battle between the Rams and the Trailblazers that resulted in 27 fouls. The referees handed out seven yellow cards and two red cards.
The Trailblazers had 12 shots on goal in the first half, but could not capitalize on any of them. They had shots hit the crossbar and both posts.
The game remained scoreless at the half.
In the second half, the defensive struggle continued until the 82nd minute when Johance Liverpool sent in a long pass to Gerardo Ramirez who beat the defense and lofted a shot over MCLA’s goalie to give FSU a 1-0 lead.
Rams goalie Josh Arno recorded nine saves in the win and got the shutout. MCLA goalie Kamron Anderson made four saves in the contest.
MCLA had a slight 22-19 advantage in shots and a 10-5 advantage in shots on goal but could not get one in the back of the net.
The Rams improve to 8-10 and get the three seed in the MASCAC tournament.
Framingham State lost to Fitchburg State in the first round of the MASCAC Championship 1-0.
The Falcons scored the only goal of the game at the 6:42 mark when Matthew Krikorian sent a loft pass into the box, which got behind Arno and Ibrahima Male finished it off with a close-range goal.
Framingham State had a chance to tie the game about three minutes later when Simon Appiah shot the ball pass Fitchburg goalie Alex Al-Zaibak but it was cleared by a Falcons defender before crossing the line.
In the second half, Framingham State’s Ken Stahovish had two chances to score but his first shot sailed wide left and his second hit the crossbar.
The Rams final chance to tie the game came with 15 minutes left in the game when Mitchell Thackaberry shot the ball on goal, but just barely sailed over the net.
Framingham State had a 19-13 advantage in shots but trailed in shots on goal, 9-6.
Arno made eight saves in the loss and Al-Zaibak collected six saves.
The Rams are eliminated from the tournament and end the season at 8-11.