Going into Saturday’s home game at 4-3-1, Framingham State had intensity and fire in their eyes as they looked to bounce back against Bridgewater State after their 1-0 loss to Curry College.
The Rams have yet to lose a conference game this year. They are undefeated in conference matchups at 1-0-1, so they want to keep the momentum moving as October quickly approaches.
The Rams got going early when Akeem Bucknor scored an unassisted goal in the 13th minute to put the Rams up 1-0.
After the score by Bucknor, the rest of the game was a stalemate between the two teams as Bridgewater couldn’t find a response to Bucknor’s goal.
Both teams had many opportunities to score late in the game, but couldn’t capitalize. Goalies Corey Davidge of FSU and Nate Morgado of Bridgewater State were both near perfect on the day as they each made nine saves.
Bridgewater edged out FSU in corner kicks 9-7 but couldn’t gain the upper hand because of the tight defense on display by the Rams.
Fouls were a factor for both teams each committing 12.
Three Rams were issued yellow cards, as were two Bears.
Framingham State won the game by a score of 1-0, improving their record to 5-3-1.
Following their 1-0 victory over Bridgewater State, Framingham State took on the Pine Manor Gators at home on Wednesday, Sept. 26th.
The Rams continued where they left off from the previous game. They opened with a goal from Bryce Nardizzi in the 29th minute of the first half. Nathan Vance was credited with the assist.
The Rams led the game 1-0 until the 56th minute when Jose Gonzalez of Pine Manor tied the game. Jose Corrales was also credited with the assist.
With the game tied 1-1, Nardizzi took matters into his own hands and score an unassisted goal in the 65th minute, his second goal of the game.
He would then ice the game with his third goal in the 76th minute to get his hat trick.
The assist came from his brother, Jared Nardizzi.
The Rams won the game by a score of 3-1 and improved to 6-3-1 on the season.