Springfield, Mass. - September 27, 2016 - The Springfield College men's soccer team outshot Southern Vermont 37-1 as the Pride defeated the Mountaineers 4-0 on Tuesday evening at Stagg Field.
With the win, the Pride continues its historic beginning to the 2016 season, as it is now 8-0-1, and is currently ranked No. 7 in the latest National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Division III Men's Soccer Regional Rankings. With the loss, Southern Vermont falls to 3-4-1.
In the win, sophomore forward Christian Schneider (Douglas, Mass.) registered a goal for the third-straight game, while senior forward Luke Alvaro (Chicopee, Mass.) notched his New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC)-leading 11th goal of the year. Additionally, freshman defender Tyler Sartor (Portland, Conn.) registered his first-career goal to open the scoring, a tally that proved to be the game-winner.
In net for the Pride, freshman Camden Spear (Boothbay, Maine) started, while Stewart Frank (Pittsford, N.Y.) came on in relief to preserve the shutout. For the Mountaineers, Chris Jimenez (Newark, N.J.) made seven saves and took the loss.
Springfield College took the lead over Southern Vermont with 21:50 remaining in the first half when Tim Wood (Derry, N.H.) kicked a pass out to Charlie Argyle (Marshfield, Mass.) on the right flank, who sent a cross into the box that was headed into the back of the net by Sartor for his first-career goal.
Just four minutes later, Springfield College would extend its lead to a pair when Wood gained control of the ball at the midfield and carried the ball through Southern Vermont's defense to the top of the Mountaineers' box, before sliding a shot into the left side of the netting for an unassisted tally with 17:50 to play in the half.
Springfield College extended its lead to three when Schneider buried a cross sent in by Danny Murphy (Old Saybrook, Conn.) to make it 3-0, Pride, with 16:52 remaining in the game.
Just 4:13 later, the Pride looked to add to its lead when junior forward Wayne Belcher (Norton, Mass.) cut loose from his defender and let a shot go the floated over the hands of Jimenez, but hit the cross bar to keep the lead at three.
With just under 10 minutes to play, the Pride pushed its advantage to four when Dexter Tenn (South Windsor, Conn.) picked up a loose ball at midfield and made a great run into the Mountaineers' defensive end, before touching a pass to send Alvaro in all alone with the keeper. The senior forward caught up to the pass and found the back of the net for his NEWMAC-leading 11th goal of the year.
Up next, Springfield College will return to NEWMAC play when it will travel to Clark University on Saturday, October 1 for a 1 p.m. match with the Cougars. This game will feature two of the best teams in the region, as Clark is ranked No. 5 in the NSCAA Division III Men's Soccer Regional Rankings.