Bridgewater State and Worcester State are moving on to the semifinal round of the MASCAC Men's Soccer Tournament after winning their quarterfinal games on Tuesday.
#4 Worcester State 3, #5 Westfield State 0 Box Score
WORCESTER, Mass. - The fourth-seeded Worcester State University men's soccer team claimed a 3-0 win over #5 Westfield State University in the First Round of the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament Tuesday at Coughlin Field.
With the win, Worcester State improves to 9-9-1 overall this season, and advances to the MASCAC Semifinal, where they will play top-seeded Framingham State on Friday at 4 p.m. Westfield's season comes to a close with a record of 5-12-1.
Worcester State broke the ice in the 38th minute, when junior Lincoln Henry (Kingston, Jamaica) headed home his sixth goal of the season. After a Laszlo Dorogi (West Boylston, Mass.) shot was blocked up high into the air, Henry out-jumped the Owl keeper, nodding the ball into the cage for a 1-0 lead, which Worcester State would take into the locker room.
The Lancers held a heavy 9-2 shot advantage in the opening 45 minutes, but only landed two of the nine shots on target.
With 15:30 showing on the clock, Henry put the game on ice with his second goal of the night. The midfielder walked through the Westfield State defense and fired a shot from the top of the 18-yard box past the diving Westfield State keeper for a 2-0 lead.
An insurance marker was headed home in the 88th minute by Kristi Shore (Korce, Albania) off a Justin Echeverry (Methuen, Mass.) corner kick for his first goal of the season, giving the game its final score of 3-0.
Worcester State goalkeeper Henri Guilmette (Franklin, Mass.) earned his fourth shutout of the season, but did not have to make a save. Worcester State outshot the Owls 16-7 in the contest, and led the shots on goal count 7-0.
#6 Bridgewater State 4, #3 Fitchburg State 0 Box Score
Fitchburg, Mass.– The Fitchburg State Men's Soccer team dropped a 4-0 decision to the sixth seeded Bears of Bridgewater State this evening in quarterfinal round action of the 2019 Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) men's soccer post-season tournament from Elliot Field.
Fitchburg State threatened early in the contest with senior Zachary Buckland (Billerica, Mass.) putting a shot on frame, but Bears keeper Nate Morgado (Dartmouth, Mass.) made the save before Bridgewater State broke a 0-0 stalemate in the 39th minute of action as senior Justin Borges (Milford, Mass.) converted a penalty kick for his sixth marker on the season for the 1-0 edge going into the break.
Following the break, Bridgewater State doubled their advantage at the 56:39 mark when freshman David Nelson (East Bridgewater, Mass.) collected a feed from junior Kevin Roberts (Medway, Mass.) and deposited a shot into the far side of the net for his fourth tally of the year.
The Falcons best scoring opportunity of the half occurred in the 61st minute of action as freshman Alexander Loyd (Kingston, Mass.) and junior Yannick DePina (Boston, Mass.) put back-to-back shots on target, but Morgado stonewalled both chances.
Borges would tack on an insurance marker for Bridgewater State late in the stanza for his second goal of the contest off an assist from newcomer Joseph Madden, Jr. (Milford, Mass.) to make score 3-0, en-route to the 4-0 final.
Releases courtesy of Fitchburg State and Worcester State Sports Information