Men’s Soccer wins two straight to improve to 9-5-2

(Mitchell Thackaberry fights off a Mass Maritime defender for the ball. Photo by Ashley Wall.)

On Saturday, Oct. 13, Framingham hosted Mass Maritime in a MASCAC game as part of Homecoming Weekend.

The Rams opened up the scoring in the 14th minute of the game. Ken Stahovish received a pass from Isaac De Souza and fired it into the net to make it 1-0.

Framingham extended the lead in the 28th minute. Bryce Nardizzi dribbled around a defender and ripped a low strike past the Buccaneers’ goalie to make it 2-0.

Adam Bubencik cut into the Rams’ lead in the 30th minute. He corralled a deflection and sent it into the back of the net to make it 2-1.

Just a minute later, the Rams answered back to push their lead to two goals. De Souza fired a shot from deep that sailed past the goalie and into the net to make it 3-1 heading into halftime.

Early in the second half, in the 48th minute, the Buccaneers got one back. This time, it was Shane MacNeil taking a pass from Justin Burns and heading it into the net to make it 3-2.

In the 58th minute, the Rams responded with another goal to make it 4-2. Nardizzi netted his second goal of the game off an assist from De Souza.

The Rams added an insurance goal in the 77th minute to push the lead to 5-2, the eventual final score.

Akeem Bucknor out-hustled the Buccaneers’ goalie to a loose ball and put it into a wide open goal to cap off the Rams’ win.

In the win, Corey Davidge played in net and made four saves.

Nardizzi and De Souza led the Rams’ offense, as Nardizzi scored two goals and De Souza had one goal and two assists.

With the win, the Rams advance to 8-5-2 on the year and 3-0-2 in the conference.

The Rams hosted Emerson College on Tuesday, Oct. 16, in a nonconference match, as they looked to win back-to-back games for the second time this season.

The first half was a defensive battle from both sides, as neither offense was able to put the ball in the net, sending the game into the break at 0-0.

Emerson had the best chance to score in the first half, but a diving save from Rams’ goalie John Davidge kept the game knotted at 0.

Early in the second half, the Rams had a good chance to break the tie, but this time, Emerson goalie David Kemp came up with a diving save on a De Souza shot to keep it 0-0.

The Rams finally broke through in the 53rd minute to capture a 1-0 lead. Stahovish headed a long pass from Mitchell Thackaberry past the Emerson goalie for his fourth goal of the season.

With just over 10 minutes left to play, in the 79th minute, the Rams extended their lead to 2-0. Austin Botelho sent a pass to De Souza, who fired a shot past Kemp for his ninth goal of the season.

Neither team was able to convert in the final 10 minutes of play, making the final score 2-0.

Despite the victory, the Rams were outshot by Emerson 17-13.

Davidge made six saves in net for the Rams and De Souza led the team with three shots.

With the win, the Rams improve to 9-5-2 on the season.

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