DePina notches lone goal for Fitchburg State in non-conference setback
Dudley, Mass. – The Fitchburg State University men's soccer team dropped a 4-1 decision to the Bison of Nichols College this afternoon in non-conference action from the Nichols Soccer Field.
Score: Fitchburg State 1, Nichols 4
Records: Fitchburg State (4-4-1) | Nichols (7-3-1)
How It Happened
Fitchburg State took the lead just 4:30 into the contest as junior Yannick DePina (Boston, Mass.) collected a feed from senior Zachary Buckland (Billerica, Mass.) and deposited a shot into the lower left corner of the net for his second goal of the season for the 1-0 edge.
Nichols knotted the score (1-1) four and half minutes later when senior Corey McEvoy (Bohemia, N.Y.) connected on his second marker on the year, firing a shot inside the far post. The Bison grabbed the lead at the 14:42 mark with senior Jacob Sargent (Bolton, Conn.) notching his sixth tally of the 2019 season off an assist from sophomore James Chasco-DiMauro (Rocky Hill, Conn.) for the 2-1 margin.
The hosts upped its advantage midway through the first half as freshman Riley Donovan (Rocky Hill, Conn.) found classmate Ryan Mangan (Braintree, Mass.), who tucked a shot into the right side of the net for his third goal of the year for the 3-1 lead.
Following the break, the Falcons threatened early in the stanza when freshman Alexander Loyd (Kingston, Mass.) fired a shot on frame, but Bison goaltender Juan Carlos De la Cruz (Stamford, Conn.) was able to turn the shot aside, resulting in the 4-1 final.
Inside the Numbers
This afternoon's contest will mark the 20th meeting between the two squads on the pitch with the Falcons 10-6-4 all-time vs the Bison
- Nichols finished with a slim 17-16 margin in shots, while also holding a 10-5 advantage in corner kicks
- Junior Sebastian Jaramillo (Dracut, Mass.) made five saves for Fitchburg State in the setback
- De La Cruz stopped six shots for Nichols en-route to earning the win
Falcons will travel to Westfield State on Saturday to take on the Owls for a MASCAC matchup, starting at 12:00 PM. Bison will visit Western New England University on the same date for a conference tilt at 2:00 PM.