Smith Delivers Game-Winner In Men's Soccer Thriller Over Rams, 3-2

Smith Delivers Game-Winner In Men's Soccer Thriller Over Rams, 3-2

THE BASICS
Score:
Dean College 3, Framingham State 2
Records: Framingham State (7-5-2), Dean College (2-10)
Location: Lippert Field, Franklin, Mass.
Date: Wednesday, October 10, 2018
Time: 3:30 PM

THE LEAD:
Davonn Smith
(Lawrence, Mass.) scored the game-winning goal in the 89th minute, capping a back-and-forth affair as host Dean College knocked off Framingham State, 3-2, in a wild non-league men's soccer game on Wednesday evening.

The goal for Smith was his second of the game and his team-leading fifth of season.

HOW IT HAPPENED:
Framingham State actually got on the board first less than eight minutes into the game when Ken Stahovish (Springfield, Mass.) connected with Isaac De Souza (Sao Paolo, Brazil) for his sixth marker of the season at 7:43.

Things stayed that way until late in the first half when Felipe Campos (Barnstable, Mass.) sent a rolling ball inside the box where Aaron Rivers (Punta Gorda, Fla.) was able to gain control and fire a shot into the lower right corner for his first career marker at 38:16.

A little more than four minutes later, the Bulldogs took the lead on a beautiful goal between Campos and Smith. After a quick restart following a foul, Campos took a pass up the left side and served a ball to the right post that Smith was able to head home.

After Akeem Bucknor (Manchester, Jamaica) set up De Souza's second goal early in the second half to even the score, the momentum seemed to be shifting in favor of the Rams. It looked as if Framingham State would take the lead when Bryce Nardizzi (Framingham, Mass.) and De Souza both had point blank shots on goal but Devin Moore (Walpole, Mass.) was able to turn aside both – including stopping Nardizzi while he was laying on the ground.

Smith then teamed up with Paulo Correia (Brockton, Mass.) who sent a ball across the goal mouth that he was able to tap in at 88:57 for the game-winning goal.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
Framingham State did hold a 28-19 edge in shots and a 5-3 advantage in corner kicks, while Moore turned aside 12 shots in goal for the Bulldogs.

UP NEXT:
Dean returns to action on Saturday when they host New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) rival Newbury College. First touch is slated for 3:00 PM. The Rams, meanwhile, are back on the field on Saturday when they host Massachusetts Maritime at 4:00 PM.