Mitchell notches eighth tally in opening round action of MASCAC tournament
Westfield, Mass. – The sixth seeded Falcons of Fitchburg State University suffered a tough 2-1 setback to the third seeded Owls of Westfield State University this evening in opening round action of the 2018 Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) Women's Soccer post-season tournament at Alumni Field.
Score: Fitchburg State 1, Westfield State 2
Records: Fitchburg State (3-12-1) | Westfield State (8-6-3)
How It Happened
Following a scoreless first half, Westfield State took the lead at the 73:23 mark as senior Ashley Levya (Walpole, Mass./Walpole) lofted a shot into the upper right corner of the net for her third goal of the season for the 1-0 edge.
Fitchburg State knotted the score in the 82nd minute of play when sophomore Mikaela Mitchell (Millbury, Mass./Millbury) deposited a shot inside the near post for her eighth tally on the year to make the score 1-1.
The Owls secured the victory with 40 seconds left in the regulation as freshman Jenn Rennich (Bedford, Mass./Bedford) settled a pass from senior Nicole Chretein (North Attleboro, Mass./North Attleboro) and buried a shot into the net for her seventh marker of the year, resulting in the 2-1 final.
Inside the Numbers
This evening's contest will the 27th meeting between the two squads on the pitch with the Falcons currently 5-20-2 when taking on the Owls.
Westfield State has won seven of the last eight contests against Fitchburg State, including a 4-1 decision earlier this season at Alumni Field.
Westfield State held a 27-8 margin in shots, while also finishing with a 9-1 advantage in corner kicks.
In net, sophomore Sarah Hemmings (Eastham, Mass./Nauset Regional) stopped a season best 19 shots for the Falcons in the setback, while senior Natalia Falcone (Sutton, Mass./Sutton) made five saves for the Owls in the victory.
Falcons conclude their 2018 season with an overall record of 3-12-1 and a 2-5 mark in conference play. Owls advance to the semifinal round and will travel to second seeded Bridgewater State on Friday at a time to be determined.