Late Goals Doom Men's Soccer in Double OT loss at Fitchburg St.

Steve Partridge

Fitchburg, MA ---The Fitchburg State men's soccer team registered its second consecutive victory, rallying back to defeat WPI, 4-3 in double overtime action at Elliot Field this evening. 

Senior Lionso Ventura (Westminster, MA) lifted the Falcons to their third victory of the season, posting his team-leading sixth goal of the season in dramatic fashion. On an ensuing free kick early in the second overtime, Ventura collected a loose-ball off his initial kick and beat the Engineers' goalkeeper for the eventual game-winner.

WPI jumped out to an early lead midway through the first half as sophomore Steve Partridge (Worcester, MA) connected for his first goal of the season off an assist from junior Kevin Ducharme (Bedford, NH). The resilient Falcons bounced back late in the period as senior Matthew Da Fonte (Norwood, MA) registered his first tally of the season in the 44th minute. Da Fonte took a feed from freshman Chris Kleindl (Tokyo, Japan) and fired it from the right channel to even the game at 1-1 heading into the break.

In an action packed second half which witness four goals in the frame, WPI grabbed a quick 3-1 advantage using a pair of markers from senior Mike Ford (Whitman, MA) and sophomore Jason Hopkins (Mendon, MA). The Engineers opened their scoring early, as Ford found Alex Ivanov (Carlisle, MA) off his mark and headed the ball up and over for a one goal edge. Hopkins followed suit roughly 15 minutes later, using another header for a two goal lead. 

Fitchburg State notched its second comeback of the contest late in the period, posting two goals over a 1:33 span to knot the score a 3-3 and force extra time. Senior Robbie Pacini (Stoneham, MA) brought Fitchburg State with in one (3-2) with his second tally of the season, while Keith Yoshizumi (Stoneham, MA) netted the equalizer in the 88th minute for his first goal of the year.

In the extra period, Fitchburg State threatened first, drawing Engineer keeper Paul Moan (Watertown, MA) out of the box just four minutes into the period. Falcon junior Danny Bolam (East Fairfield, VT) had a chance to clinch the contest with a strike from 20 yards out, but his attempt sailed just high to keep the score locked a 3-3.

In the second overtime period, Fitchburg State notched the lone shot of the stanza, clinching the contest on Ventura's heroics. WPI held a 28-23 advantage in shots throughout the game, while the Falcons grabbed a slim 5-4 margin in corner kicks. Between the pipes, Ivanov finished with a  game-high 13 stops, posting a complete game victory for Fitchburg State, while Moan collected nine saves for the Engineers. 

Fitchburg State (3-9) will be in action again on Saturday as it hosts MCLA at 2pm. WPI (4-6-1) will visit Wheaton College on Saturday at 1pm.

Release Courtesy Fitchburg State Sports Information