Brassard nets game winner for Fitchburg State in key MASCAC contest
Fitchburg, Mass. – The Fitchburg State men's soccer team registered a 2-1 triumph over the Bears of Bridgewater State University this morning in Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) action from Elliot Field
Score: Fitchburg State 2, Bridgewater State 1
Records: Fitchburg State (7-7-2, 3-2-1 MASCAC) | Bridgewater State (3-12-1, 2-4-0 MASCAC)
How It Happened
Bridgewater State nearly grabbed the lead ten minutes into the contest as junior Kevin Roberts (Medway, Mass.) collected a loose ball in front of the net and fired a shot, but Falcon keeper Sebastian Jaramillo (Dracut, Mass.) made a diving save to his right to preserve the 0-0 stalemate.
Fitchburg State's best scoring chance of the first half occurred in the 31st minute of play when freshman Sebastian Pina (Somerville, Mass.) put a shot on target that Bear goaltender Nate Morgado (Dartmouth, Mass.) was able to make a sprawling save to his left to keep the contest scoreless at the half.
Following the intermission, the Falcons broke the 0-0 deadlock in the 55th minute of action as freshman Alexander Loyd (Kingston, Mass.) collected a feed from junior Yannick DePina (Boston, Mass.) and connected on his team-leading 11th tally on the season.
The Bears knotted the score (1-1) seconds later with senior Zachary Ellis (Douglas, Mass.) converting a penalty kick for his first score of the year. Fitchburg State regained the lead with just five seconds remaining in the contest as senior Nolan Brassard (Leominster, Mass.) gathered a rebound off the foot of freshman Joshua Atemkeng (Peabody, Mass.) and blasted a shot inside the near post for his first goal of the 2019 campaign, resulting in the 2-1 final.
Inside the Numbers
- This morning's contest marked the 43rd meeting the two squads with the Falcons 14-23-6 all-time when taking on the Bears
- Fitchburg State held a 22-14 margin in shots, while also finishing with a 5-3 edge in corner kicks
- Jaramillo made eight saves for the Falcons in the victory
- Morgado stopped seven shots for the Bears in the setback
Falcons will travel to Rhode Island College on Wednesday to take on the Anchormen for a non-conference tilt, starting at 6:00 PM. Bears will host the Beavers of Babson College on Tuesday for a non-conference matchup at 3:00 PM.