Courtesy of Framingham Sports Information
Framingham, Mass.- Framingham State senior Cory Cardeiro (Fall River, Mass.) scored two goals and propelled the Rams to a 2-1 overtime victory over MCLA on senior day at Maple Street Field. With the win the Rams (6-12, 4-3 MASCAC) clinch the second seed in the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) tournament and receive a first round bye.
Prior to the contest the Rams honored three seniors playing in their final season: Cardeiro, Brandon Downey (Sandwich, Mass.) & Tyler Jack (Chicopee, Mass.).
The Trailblazers opened the scoring in the 20th minute when Edward Boateng (Worcester, Mass.) sent a long lead pass to Anthony Basile (East Longmeadow, Mass.) who buried a shot into the corner of the net to take an early advantage.
The Rams answered back in the just over eight minutes later when Cardeiro headed in a long lead pass from junior Kelvin Okyere (Auburn, Mass.).
Neither team would be able to score again during regulation even though both sides had ample opportunities.
The Rams were able to end the contest in the 97th minute when a Trailblazers foul set up a free kick from about 22 yards out. Junior Jeffrey Braverman (Framingham, Mass.) sent a long bending strike towards the far post that was headed across the frame by Cardeiro for the game-winner.
Junior Josh Arno (Natick, Mass.) made 8 saves in net for the Rams while his counterpart Kamron Anderson (Springfield, Mass.) made 9 saves for the Trailblazers.
The Rams outshot the visitors 29-15 holding the Trailblazers to just 3 shots in the first frame.
Framingham State will host the MASCAC semi-final on Friday, November 6th at 6:00 p.m. The Trailblazers(5-9-2, 3-4 MASCAC) finish in a four-way tie for 3rd place and will play in the MASCAC quarter-final on Tuesday, November 3rd.