An outstanding showing from a Lunenburg native helped lift the Fitchburg State men’s soccer team to its first win of the season Tuesday evening, a 2-1victory over Russell Sage College at Elliot Field.
Forward Gabriel Teixeira netted a pair of first half goals and the Falcons (1-6-1) never looked back, fending off a surge by the Gators. The sophomore scored off a feed from freshman Lucas Barbosa in the 10th minute before the duo hooked up again for a marker in the 23rd.
The Gators (4-3-1) pulled to within one in the 52nd minute courtesy of a Andrew Kraszewski goal, but Fitchburg State goalkeeper Luke Speers shut the door the rest of the way, stopping a dozen shots to earn the victory.
It’s the first victory with the program for head coach Brad Hosey, who took the reins of the Falcons this fall after longtime bench boss Werner Thissen stepped down.
Fitchburg 6, Tyngsboro 2 >> Aymane Cherkl and Giovanny Nunez each scored twice, while Jarbin Diego and Kevin Viera added single goals.
Nashoba 3, Westford Academy 0 >> Josie Sarno earned her second shutout of the season, while Abbie Zacchini (two assists), Kayla Flanagan and Ali Vanasse each found the back of the cage in the fourth quarter for the Wolves (3-2-1).
St. Bernard’s 171, Ayer Shirley 178 >> Patrick Ginnity of St. Bernard’s (5-3) was the medalist, carding a 3-over 38 at Oak Hill Country Club.
The Panthers fall to 6-2 with the loss.
Leominster 38.5, Marlboro 15.5 >> Luke Grebinar and Colby Julsonnet paced the Blue Devils (8-1) while each posting 5-over 40s at Gardner Municipal Golf Course.
Boys cross country
Shepherd Hill 21, Leominster 34 >> James Connor was the top finisher for Leominster (0-3), taking fourth in 21:19. Landon Pelletier (21:47) followed in fifth, while Cam Beaulac (22:02) was seventh.
North Middlesex 21, Fitchburg 51 >> Xander Murray (18:04) and John Masiello (18:06) took the top two spots for the Patriots, while Kingston Aldrich (18:20) was Fitchburg’s top runner, taking third.
Girls cross country
Shepherd Hill 20, Leominster 43 >> Leominster’s Anna Serafini won the race in 21:49, while Cassandra Dirsa (28:36) was ninth and Ava Beaulac (30:19) was 10th for the Blue Devils (0-3).
North Middlesex wins by forfeit >> With Fitchburg fielding just two runners, North Middlesex was awarded victory.
Nicole LeBlanc (22:49), Zoe Aster (24:36), 3. Gracyn Goodfriend (25:00) and Bryden Emerson (26:10) took the top four spots for the Patriots.
Fitchburg’s Brooke Starr was fifth in 28:57.