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Falcons Slip Past Lions

September 20, 2018

The Fitchburg State University men’s soccer team defeated Eastern Nazarene College, 2-1, Wednesday afternoon at Elliot Field as freshman John Javaloyes picked up the game-winner for the Falcons with just under two minutes left in regulation.

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The Falcons (4-1-0) opened the scoring just 1:42 into the contest as freshman Clayton Mendes-Rodrigues connected on his first collegiate tally before Eastern Nazarene (0-6) quickly knotted the score roughly 40 seconds later when sophomore Jose Ruiz received a feed from junior Sunil Lepcha and deposited the ball into the lower left corner for his first goal of the year.

In the second half, the Falcons broke the stalemate in the 89th minute of play as Javaloyes gathered a feed from junior Larry Janvier and tucked the ball into the back of the net for his first collegiate marker.

In goal, sophomore Sebastian Jaramillo stopped four shots for the Falcons to earn his first win on the season.

Wednesday’s game was the fifth meeting between the two teams on the pitch with the Falcons 2-3-0 all-time when taking on the Lions.The teams hadn’t played since Sept. 21, 1999, when Eastern Nazarene came away with a 4-3 victory.

The Falcons will next play host to Worcester State on Saturday for a MASCAC matchup starting at noon.

FSU fends off Panthers

The Fitchburg State University field hockey team registered a 1-0 victory over Plymouth State in Little East Conference action at Kennedy Field on Wednesday.

Fitchburg State (3-3, 2-1 LEC) grabbed a 1-0 edge at the 22:53 mark as senior forward Molly Richard, of Leominster, settled a feed from freshman Sarah Craig, an Ashburnham native, and redirected a shot inside the far post for her first tally of the season.

Following the break, the Panthers nearly knotted the score in the 57th minute of action when sophomore Haley Wakefield blasted a shot on frame, but Falcon keeper Abby Bryant denied the scoring opportunity.

The Falcons almost upped their margin with 10 minutes left in the contest as junior Aislinn DeHorsey, of Leominster, put a shot on goal only to have Panther netminder Jess Distler make an outstanding kick save.

In the cage, Bryant posted six saves for the Falcons to earn her first collegiate shutout, while Distler stopped seven shots for the Panthers.

Plymouth State held a slim 12-10 margin in shots, while also posting a 13-5 advantage in penalty corners.

The contest was the 21st meeting between the two teams, with the Falcons currently 5-16-0 all-time when taking on the Panthers. The two teams had split the previous four matchups with Plymouth State securing a 2-1 victory last season at Kennedy Field

The Falcons will travel to Bridgewater State on Saturday to take on the Bears in an LEC bout starting at 3 p.m.

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