Springfield, Mass. - September 7, 2016 - A three-goal performance from senior forward Luke Alvaro (Chicopee, Mass.) helped the Springfield College men's soccer program to its third-straight win to begin the year, a 3-0 result against Elms College on Wednesday night at Brock-Affleck Field.
Alvaro, who became the first Springfield College student-athlete to record a hat-trick since Tony Distasio posted three goals in the first half against Brandeis on October 17, 2007, scored a pair in the first half, and followed with a late insurance tally to seal the 3-0 win for the Pride.
With the win, Springfield improves to 3-0 to start the season, while the Blazers fall to 0-2 on the year. Springfield held a 25-9 shot advantage over the course of 90 minutes, including a 13-5 margin in the first half, while the Pride also had six corner kicks to Elms' two.
In net, senior goalkeeper Zach Richard (Millbury, Mass.) and Stewart Frank (Pittsford, N.Y.) split halves and combined for two saves, while for Elms, freshman keeper Connor Curtin (Belchertown, Mass.) made three stops on the evening.
After pressing the Elms cage early, Springfield finally broke through, when junior midfielder Curtis Bolduc (South Windsor, Conn.) gathered the ball on the left flank, and floated a ball to the backside of the cage, which was caught up to and headed in by Alvaro to give the Pride a 1-0 lead just 21:08 into the match.
Springfield College would extend its lead to a pair when sophomore midfielder Keon Haji (Shrewsbury, Mass.) got control of the ball at the midfield, dribbled through a pair of defenders, and chipped a pass to Alvaro, who fired a shot on cage from well outside the box, that sailed over the out-stretched hands of Curtin and into the back of the net to make it 2-0, Springfield.
After back-and-forth play for a majority of the second half, Alvaro found the back of the cage for the third time when he came away with a loose ball after a battle between Christian Schneider (Douglas, Mass.) and an Elms defender, before chipping a shot into the lower left-hand side of the net to make it 3-0, Springfield, with 10:18 to play.
Up next, Springfield will travel to Westfield State for a 12 p.m. match with the Owls on Saturday, September 10.