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Salem State and Westfield State Advance to MASCAC Women's Soccer Tournament Semifinals

Salem State and Westfield State Advance to MASCAC Women's Soccer Tournament Semifinals

After winning their respective quarterfinal contests on Tuesday night, Salem State and Westfield State have advanced to the semifinals of the MASCAC Women's Soccer Tournament.

#5 Salem State 3, #4 Framingham State 0                   Box Score

Framingham, Mass.— Salem State junior Casey McFall (Wilmington, Mass.) scored a goal in each half to lead #5 seeded Vikings to a 3-0 win over # 4 seed Framingham State in the MASCAC Women's Soccer Quarterfinal on Tuesday evening at Maple Street Field.

THE BASICS
Score:  Salem State 3, Framingham State University 0
Records: Salem State (6-10-1), Framingham State (5-12-1) 
Location: Maple Street Field – Framingham, Mass. 

HOW IT HAPPENED:

  • The Vikings got on the board in the 18thminute when Emily Boyle (Manchester, NH) sent in a cross the Rams keeper Jen Stevens (Hopkinton, Mass.) attempted to clear but was gathered by McFall and deposited it into the open frame. 
  •  Early in the second frame Salem added an insurance goal when McFall and Boyle teamed up again scoring on a long cross right to left.
  • The Vikings added another tally in the 78thminute when Teagan Gilliss (Danvers, Mass.) gathered a 50/50 ball dribbled around a defender and sent a strike in the upper left corner of the net. 
  • The Rams best chance to score came midway through the first half when Kayleigh Pallotta (Hanover, Mass.) sent in a long strike that went just over the crossbar.  

INSIDE THE NUMBERS 

  • Stevens turned away four shots in net for the Rams
  • Amanda Backe (Danvers, Mass.) saved two attempts for the Vikings. 
  • The Vikings outshot the Rams 14-to-9 and were awarded two corners the Rams one.  

UP NEXT:                                                                        

  • Salem State advances to the MASCAC semifinal round at #1 Worcester State Friday evening.
  • The Rams see their season close at 5-12-1. 

 

3 Westfield State 2, #6 Fitchburg State 1                  Box Score

WESTFIELD, Mass.  – Jenn Rennich (Bedford, Mass.) scored the game-winning goal in the 90th minute to lift Westfield State over Fitchburg State in the MASCAC Tournament quarterfinals, Tuesday night at Alumni Field.

Westfield State came out of the gate strong with a near miss from Rennich, who put a shot just above the crossbar off a pretty pass from Bella Eduardo (Springfield, Mass.) in the 9th minute.

After that, neither Fitchburg nor Westfield could muster up any scoring chances for the rest of the first half.

The Owls had two golden opportunities back-to-back in the 52nd minute of play from Nicole Chretien (North Attleboro, Mass.) and Bella Eduardo, but both were denied by Falcon goaltender Sarah Hemmings (Eastham, Mass.).

Fitchburg answered that chance with one of their own, as Elicia Marshall (Taunton, Mass.) fired a shot that made it past the Westfield keeper, but was booted out by Casey Rotti (Rutland, Mass.) to keep the game level at 0-0.

But the Owls would march back with a rally of opportunities capped off by a shot from Madison Dufries (Leicester, Mass.) that clipped the cross-bar, but still the game remained 0-0.

Westfield State finally broke through in the 74th minute when Ashley levya sent a high-arching kick over the dive of Hemmings to put the Owls up 1-0 late in the match.

But Fitchburg wasn't done yet. With eight minutes remaining in the match, sophomore Mikaela Mitchell sent a strike past Natalia Falcone (Sutton, Mass.) to even the game at one a piece.

Just when the game was destined for overtime, Jenn Rennich delivered for the Owls. Rennich took a feed from senior captain Nicole Chretien and buried it past the dive of Hemmings to lift Westfield to victory and keep their MASCAC championship hopes alive.

The loss brings a close to the season for Fitchburg State. The Falcons finished with a 3-12-1 overall record and a 2-6-0 mark in the conference.

The Owls outshot the Falcons 27-8 in the contest. Goalkeeper Natalia Falcone finished with five saves for Westfield, as Hemmings tallied 19 for the Falcons in an incredible goalkeeping effort to keep her team in it.

With the win, the Owls move on to play the #2 seed Bridgewater State on Friday at Swenson Field in Bridgewater, Mass. The start time will be announced by the conference in the days to come.

Release courtesy of Framingham State and Westfield State Sports Information