Women’s Soccer clutches their first win of the season over Homecoming Weekend

Carlos Silva / THE GATEPOST

The Rams’ women’s soccer team hosted the Fitchburg State Falcons for their homecoming game Sept. 20. 

The Falcons took the lead early with a goal by Elizabeth Read during the sixth minute, but the Rams were quick to recover. 

Samantha Beninati tied the game for the Rams in the 20th minute with an unassisted goal from her own rebound off the crossbar. 

The defense played hard, but Read was able to get another shot in for the Falcons to bring them up 2-1 right before halftime. 

But the Rams weren’t done yet.

At the 51-minute mark, Jasmine Lees scored off an assist from Beninati, tying the score once again. 

A short five minutes later, a foul by the Falcons set Lees up to drive another goal in, giving the Rams a 3-2 lead. 

Lees said, “Even if I hadn’t been the one who scored, our team had so much heart to go out on the field and not give up. It takes a lot of patience to be able to keep a small lead and not let the other team break through, and I’m really proud of our team for being able to work together to get our first win.”

The unbelievable performance by the Rams’ goalie, Madison Brown, allowed them to hold their lead. Brown had a whopping 18 saves by the end of the game. 

Brown said, “There’s definitely been a huge improvement since the beginning of the season, and we’re definitely getting better. Eighteen saves was a lot. I’m proud of my performance, but most importantly, I’m proud of my teammates who have my back.”

The Rams are now 1-4-1 on the season. 

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