By Adam Levine
The Framingham State Rams beat the Bridgewater State Bears 4-3 at the Maple Street Field Sept. 26.
Framingham’s win brings their overall record up to 4-4 and improves their MASCAC record to 2-1.
The Rams started their season 0-3, but won four of their last five games.
Framingham’s Brandi Core said, “I think it's due to putting the work in at practice, definitely connecting on and off the field with our teammates, and just coming in with a good mindset.
“We want to win so we get the job done,” she added.
Framingham’s Cori Lawson said, “I think we're just working together a lot more.
“Communication has upped - trying to connect on the field making sure everybody always has a pass option.
“It’s working really well,” she added.
The game started and Bridgewater scored a quick goal in the first four minutes.
Lawson said, “After we let the first goal in, I think something clicked and we all just could read each other's minds.”
To end the first quarter, Framingham’s Kaylee Beck assisted teammate Emma Bailey on her first goal of the season, tying the game 1-1.
Within the first four minutes of the second quarter, Framingham’s Bella Kondi assisted teammate Kaitlin Loughlin on her first goal of the season. The Rams led 2-1.
Loughlin said, “It felt good.
“I was just in the right place at the right time,” she added.
The Rams maintained their 2-1 lead for the rest of the first half and most of the third quarter.
With less than a minute remaining in the third quarter, Bridgewater scored and tied the game 2-2.
The Rams’ offense struck early in the fourth quarter with an assist from Kondi to Framingham’s Ashley Malmquist less than a minute into the fourth quarter.
Less than six minutes later, Kondi recorded her third assist of the night with a pass to Core.
Bridgewater scored to end the game, but Core’s final goal for the Rams secured their 4-3 victory.
Framingham travels to Worcester State for another MASCAC matchup Sept. 30.
Core said, “I'm feeling pretty confident.
“We've been watching their film. We kind of know how they play and we know exactly what we need to do to win,” she added.