The Framingham State Rams Men’s Soccer team took on the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts Trailblazers at home Nov. 2 in the regular-season finale.
In the 25th minute, it looked as though the Rams were going to put one on the board after a Trailblazer handball gave them a penalty kick. Nahuel Algibay stood at the line to take the free shot on the goalie, but was denied on a great save by Sam Edge, and the rebound shot went wide.
The 29th minute presented another failed scoring opportunity for the Rams, as Gustavo Cassemiro took a corner kick and placed the through ball perfectly for Andre Oliveira to head it towards the goalie.
Cassemiro was finally able to put the Rams in the lead 1-0 in the 44th minute with Algibay getting the assist on the goal.
The first half was dominated by the Rams’ offense, outshooting the Trailblazers 17-3.
Early in the second half, the Trailblazers almost tied up the game on a shot by Mateo Wirzburger, but goalie Corey Davidge tipped it out of bounds and away from the net.
In the 58th minute, Isaac De Souza scored off a pass from Ibrahim Kyeyune to give the team a 2-0 lead.
With the goal, De Souza once again created a three-way tie for the lead in goals between him, Cassemiro, and Bryce Nardizzi. All three finished the regular season with eight goals.
The 2-0 lead was all the Rams needed to down the porous 3-14 MASCAC opponent. The Rams improved to 9-8-2 to finish the season following the win.
The second half was again was controlled by the Rams’ offense outshooting the Trailblazers 10-6 and 27-9 for the whole contest.
Davidge notched his fifth shutout of the season with the 2-0 win, and put himself at the top of the MASCAC leaderboard in shutouts for the regular season.
Throughout the season, Davidge finished first in wins and shutouts, and came second to Christopher Jimenez of Salem State in GAA, save percentage.
After the game, Cassemiro was named co-player of the week in the MASCAC, and for the second time this season, MASCAC Rookie of the Week.
The Rams enter the MASCAC tournament as the No. 1 seed and will play the No. 4 Worcester State Lancers at home Nov. 8.