Before the MASCAC Championship against Salem State, the Rams had to face the Worcester State Lancers in the opening round at home Nov. 8.
The first half was controlled by the Rams’ offense as they put a lot of pressure on Worcester’s goalie, Henri Guilmette. In the opening half, the Rams outshot the Lancers 17-2.
Isaac De Souza almost scored the Rams’ first goal, but he was denied by the crossbar on a shot that Guilmette could not stop.
Bryce Nardizzi scored an unassisted goal for the Rams just outside the box.
Two minutes later, Gustavo Cassemiro also scored and gave the Rams a comfortable 2-0 lead, securing the win over the Lancers.
The Lancers almost scored on a header in the 62nd minute on a shot by Liren Halle, which was grabbed by Rams’ keeper Corey Davidge.
The Rams outshot the Lancers 27-14, with 10 shots on goal.
Davidge had another impressive shutout performance, marking his sixth of the season.
On Nov. 10, The No. 1 FSU Men’s Soccer team defeated the No. 2 Salem State Vikings 1-0 in the championship game of the MASCAC post-season tournament.
In a highly anticipated matchup against the Vikings, the Rams took their game to the next level on the biggest stage of the year so far.
About 10 minutes into the game, Nahuel Algibay almost gave the Rams the lead on a chip shot, but he put too much power behind it, sending the ball over the crossbar.
In the 34th minute, Ali Ewiess had a great chance to score, but his shot was too far to the left, failing to give the Vikings their first goal.
At the half, it was obvious the Rams’ offense was once again dominant after they outshot the Vikings 13-3.
A minute into the second half, Ibrahim Kyeyune gave the Rams the goal they desperately needed off an assist by Bryce Nardizzi. Kyeyune’s shot was taken from just inside the 18, and out of reach of goalie Christopher Jimenez.
In the 57th minute, Rams’ goalie Davidge made a fantastic save, punching the ball out of bounds after a shot by Patrick Filetti of Salem.
A few minutes later, the Vikings had their best look of the game on a strong shot by Grace Dos Santos from inside the box. Davidge made an acrobatic save, jumping up and grabbing the ball just under the crossbar to keep the Rams’ shutout going.
In the 71st minute, Ewiess had another opportunity to score on a three-on-one against a Rams defender, but his shot went wide.
The goal by Kyeyune was the only one the Rams needed to win the championship game.
The Rams took 14 more shots than the Vikings and finished the game with a 22-8 advantage in shots. They also put four more shots on goal and outshot them 8-4.
After the game, Davidge was named MVP of the postseason tournament for the MASCAC. He did not allow a single goal, posting two consecutive shutouts and 16 saves.
Following the win against Salem State for the MASCAC title, the Rams will travel to SUNY Oneonta to take on Messiah College in the NCAA Tournament.