Loyd nets pair of goals for Fitchburg State in conference victory
North Adams, Mass. – The Fitchburg State University men's soccer team defeated the Trailblazers of MCLA, 3-0 this evening in Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) action from Shewcraft Field.
Score: Fitchburg State 3, MCLA 0
Records: Fitchburg State (4-3-1, 1-1 MASCAC) | MCLA (1-7, 0-2 MASCAC)
How It Happened
Fitchburg State opened the scoring at the 11:55 mark as freshman Alexander Loyd (Kingston, Mass.) settled a feed from classmate Sebastian Pina (Somerville, Mass.) and deposited a shot into the back of the net for his team-leading fifth mark on the season for the 1-0 advantage.
MCLA nearly knotted the score late in the first half when freshman Wesley Call (Ashby, Mass.) fired a shot on frame, but Falcon keeper Branton Abbett (Jasper, Ind.) was able to corral the shot to preserve the 1-0 edge going into the break.
Following the break, the Falcons doubled their margin in the 57th minute of action with Loyd collecting a loose ball and dribbling in alone before tucking a shot inside the near post for his second tally of the contest to make the score 2-0.
The Green and Gold added an insurance tally at the 67:25 mark as Pina received a pass from senior Marckdonard Bastien (Worcester, Mass.) and slipped a shot into the right side of the net for his second goal on the season, resulting in the 3-0 final.
Inside the Numbers
- This evening's contest will mark the 40thmeeting between the two squads on the pitch with the Falcons 10-36-4 all-time vs the Trailblazers
- Fitchburg State finished with a 17-13 edge in shots, while MCLA held a slim 6-5 margin in corner kicks
- Abbett stopped seven shots, en-route to registering the complete game shutout for the Falcons
- Freshman Sam Edge (Williamstown, Mass.) made four saves for the Trailblazers in the setback
Falcons will travel to Nichols College on Wednesday for a non-conference tilt, starting at 3:00 PM. Trailblazers will visit Salem State next Saturday for a conference matchup at 1:00 PM.