Wayrynen's First Half Goal, Pruchnik's Four Saves Lifts Men's Soccer Past Fitchburg State In MASCAC Opener

Wayrynen's First Half Goal, Pruchnik's Four Saves Lifts Men's Soccer Past Fitchburg State In MASCAC Opener

MASSACHUSETTS MARITIME MEN’S SOCCER

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Elliot Field, Fitchburg, Mass.

 

FINAL:              MASSACHUSETTS MARITIME 1, FITCHBURG STATE 0

                                                                                   

FITCHBURG, Mass. --  Sophomore Andrew Wayrynen’s (Rockport, Mass.) goal with just under 10 minutes remaining in the first half held up as the game-winner and led Massachusetts Maritime to a 1-0 victory over Fitchburg State in the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference men’s soccer opener for both teams Saturday afternoon at Elliot Field.

 

Wayrynen converted a pass from senior Mick Rouette (Three Rivers, Mass.) on the deciding tally (his first of the season) for the visiting Buccaneers (2-3, 1-0 MASCAC), and senior Mike Pruchnik (Rochester, Mass.) made that stand up by making four saves in goal, including a stop with eight seconds remaining in the match, to earn his second win of the season and third career shutout.

 

Senior Alex Al-Zaibak (Hingham, Mass.) made nine stops in the setback for the host Falcons (2-2, 0-1 MASCAC) as Massachusetts Maritime outshot Fitchburg State by a 19-10 margin overall (10-4 on goal) to earn its first triumph at Elliot Field since posting a 4-2 win back on October 29, 2005.

 

Massachusetts Maritime heads to Waltham, Mass. on Tuesday evening to take on Brandeis in a non-league outing beginning at 7:00 p.m., while Fitchburg State hosts Rivier in a non-league clash on Wednesday evening at Elliot Field that also begins at 7:00 p.m.