Al-Zaibak registers five saves for Fitchburg State in conference setback
Worcester, Mass. – Worcester State University's rookie Dillon Pooler (Southampton, Mass.) scored two goals in the second half to lift the Lancers past the Fitchburg State Falcons by a score of 3-2 in Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) play Saturday afternoon.
September 23, 2017
Score: Worcester State 3. Fitchburg State 2
Records: Worcester State (4-2, 2-0 MASCAC) | Fitchburg State (3-3, 0-2 MASCAC)
The Fitchburg Falcons struck first just 59 seconds in when Matthew Krikorian (North Attleboro, Mass.) took a shot off a goalie deflection, following the Falcons' first shot on net by Jared Burns (E. Bridgewater, Mass.). After a corner kick by Daniel Parker (Lake Forest, Calif.),a scramble in front of the net resulted in a Lancers own goal 27 minutes in, giving the Falcons a 2-0 advantage.
Senior forward Andre Ipojuca (Saugus, Mass.) got the Lancers on the board in the 30th minute as he received a pass from Justin Connor (Rochdale, Mass.) on the right side of the field, in turn, ending the first half with a 2-1 score.
Pooler opened up the second half with his first collegiate goal off a header after the ball came inside the box on a throw-in by Matthew Dent (Ludlow, Mass.), knotting the score at 2-2 in the 46th minute. In the 84th minute of the game, Pooler tallied his second career goal off a pass from Justin Echeverry (Methuen, Mass.), resulting in the 3-2 final.
ONE HIT WONDER
· Chad Noga (Ludlow, Mass) led in shots on goal with five, while Dent, Pooler and Connor followed with three shots apiece.
· Nolan Brassard (Leominster, Mass) led the Falcons with three shots on goal.
· Worcester State outshot Fitchburg State by a 20-8 margin.
· Jason Barrett (Spencer, Mass) registered four saves in net and improved to 3-1 on the season.
· Fitchburg State's Alex Al-Zaibak (Hingham, Mass.) took the loss in net as he made five saves in the 90-minute performance.
· The Falcons had a shot percentage of 0.25 (2/8) while the Lancers had a shot percentage of 0.15 (3/20).
· Worcester held the advantage on corner kicks 7-2 (4-0 in the second half).
The Worcester State men's soccer team will travel to Elms College on Wednesday (Sep. 27), while Fitchburg State will resume play at home against Newbury College on the same date.
Release courtesy of Marisa Kulis | Worcester State Sports Information Intern