September 25, 2012



Framingham, Mass.-After sophomore midfielder Brian Sujecki (Pawcatuck, CT) drew first blood in the 39th minute with his first goal of the season, but senior defender Will Menter (Haverhill, MA) responded with a pair of late goals, including the game-winner in overtime, to propel the Framingham State University men's soccer team to a 2-1 victory over Rhode Island College in non-conference action on Tuesday afternoon at Maple Street Field.    


Rhode Island College falls to 2-5-1 on the year, while Framingham State improves to 2-4-2.


The Anchormen struck first late in the first half to break the scoreless tie as Sujecki took a free kick from the right sideline and floated the ball into the top corner past the Rams netminder.



 Sophomore midfielder Brian Sujecki


RIC had an opportunity to extend their lead two minutes later when freshman midfielder Camilo Estrada (Pawtucket, RI) dribbled through the Rams defense and had a shot from in front of the net, but his bid rolled just outside the post.


The Rams had several chances to tie the game early in the second half, but it would take until the 83rd minute for them to score the equalizer. Sophomore midfielder Bryan DaSilva (Milford, MA) sent a corner into the box and Menter, who was on the far post, knocked it home for his second goal of the season.


Rhode Island College had an opportunity to go ahead two minutes later on blast from senior midfielder Carlos Medina (Pawtucket, RI) from just inside the box, but Framingham State sophomore goalkeeper Kiko Anzoateguí (Peabody, MA) made the diving save to thwart the attack.


The Rams had two chances to win the game in the closing minute but could not find the back of the net. With 40 seconds remaining, sophomore forward Nick Cotter (Sandwich, MA) had possession on the right sideline and sent a shot at the net that went just wide. Then, with 23 seconds remaining, senior defender Luis Gomes (Milford, MA) sent a free kick into the box that was knocked away just in time by RIC goalkeeper Christopher Duarte (Cumberland, RI).


RIC had a chance to score right off the bat in overtime when sophomore forward Emmanuel Asiedu (Lincoln, RI) carried the ball into the box and fired a shot on net, but Anzoateguí made another diving save to keep the visitors off the scoreboard.


Moments later, the Rams answered right back with an offensive surge of their own to pick up the overtime victory. Sophomore midfielder Cory Cardiero (Westport, MA) sent a long throw into the box that was deflected by Cotter. Menter picked up the ricochet and blasted a shot into the top corner to send Framingham State to their second win of the season.


The Rams held a 16-11 advantage in shots, while also holding an 11-1 edge in corner kicks.


Anzoateguí made five saves for the Rams and recorded his first victory in net this season (1-0), while Duarte (2-5-1) made five saves for the Anchormen.


In upcoming action, Rhode Island College travels to UMass Dartmouth on Saturday, Sept. 29 to take on the Corsairs in Little East Conference play (1 p.m.). Meanwhile, Framingham State returns to action on Saturday afternoon as well with a conference game at MCLA (1 p.m.).