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Falcons Clip Bears, 2-1

Falcons Clip Bears, 2-1

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

The Basics

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

Up Next

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.