On Oct. 26, the Framingham State Rams Men’s Soccer team traveled to Salem State to play a very important game in the MASCAC. Heading into the game, both teams were 5-0, and tied at the top of the conference.
It was a very evenly matched game, with both teams struggling to score throughout the entire contest.
The first major opportunity for a goal came five minutes into the first half on a shot by the Vikings’ Paa Sowe, but was quickly turned down on a great save by Corey Davidge. It appeared that Sowe had a solid chance running toward the goalie one on one, but ultimately, he was denied.
The Rams had an outstanding opportunity to score themselves, but it had been called back due to a handball on Odane Scale. Josh Ofosu would have gotten credit for the goal off the Bryant Nardizzi corner kick in the 35th minute.
At halftime, it was evident this matchup was a strong one, with neither team having the offensive advantage. The Vikings were only outshooting the Rams eight to seven, with three shots on goal to Framingham’s one.
Both teams were taking many shots on goal through the second half, but again, neither team was able to capitalize on them.
Gustavo Cassemiro took a great shot in the 72nd minute but was denied by goalie Matthew Hauntsman. Cassemiro took a team-high five shots, producing one-fourth of the Rams’ shots for the game.
After 90 minutes of scoreless play, the two conference foes headed to overtime at Alumni Field.
In overtime, neither team could get on the board, and ultimately, ended the game in a scoreless tie to remain at the top of the conference. Both teams were very evenly matched, finishing with the Rams taking 20 shots to the Vikings’ 19, and a 7-5 advantage in shots on goal for the Vikings.
Davidge was amazing in net for the Rams, making seven saves and lowering his GAA to 1.21- which is good enough for second place in the MASCAC. He is also tied for second place in save percentage at .803.
A tie was not an unsavory outcome for either team, and keeps both of them in first place in the MASCAC at 5-0-1.
On Oct. 29, the Rams went to Eastern Connecticut State to take on a nationally ranked #23 Warriors team on their turf.
The game was won by the Warriors in the first half with all of their four goals coming before the 38-minute mark of the game.
The Rams also scored their only goal of the game in the 36th minute when Bryce Nardzzi was able to put one in the left post.
The Warriors scored in the 5th, 6th, 28th, and 37th minutes of the game with goals by Emmanuel Agyemang, Andres Mayuri, Will Toomey, and Max Parent.
Both teams were able to take 15 shots, but the Warriors had more shots on goal with a 9-3 difference.
With the loss, Framingham falls to .500 on the season at 8-8-2. The powerhouse Warriors team improved their record to 15-2.
The Salem State Vikings, who are tied in the MASCAC with the Rams, will be playing the 7-8-2 Fitchburg State Falcons in their final game of the regular season Nov. 2. If the Vikings manage to lose their next game, then the top spot in the MASCAC would be up for grabs.