A late goal from Salem State's Fabricio Torres lifted the Vikings to a 2-1 win over Westfield State in the MASCAC opener for both teams on Saturday at Salem, Mass.
The Vikings got on the board first with a goal from Ryan Smith in th 57th minute, but Westfield responded with a goal of its own just seven minutes later as Alberto Burgos, Jr. converted with a header off of feed from Nate Weaver to tie the game at 1-1.
The match was evenly played, with Salem holding a slim 8-7 margin in both shots and corner kicks. Westfield goalkeeper Tyler Diotalevi and the Vikings Chris Jiminez each made four saves.
Salem improves to 4-3, 1-0 in the MASCAC.
Westfield is now 1-4, 0-1 in the league. The Owls will return to action on Tuesday, traveling to the University of New England in Biddeford, Maine for a 7:00 p.m. start.