New London, Conn. - October 29, 2016 - The Springfield College men's soccer team scored two goals in the second half, as the Pride defeated the Coast Guard Academy, 2-1, in its regular-season finale on Saturday afternoon in New London.
With the win, Springfield College, which ranked No. 23 in the latest D3soccer.com National Rankings, improves to 16-1-1 on the year, as the Pride's 16 victories this year is the program record for total wins in a regular season. With the loss, Coast Guard is now 9-5-3 on the year and 2-3-2 in NEWMAC play.
With his 11th assist of the season on the Pride's second goal of the game, junior midfielder Danny Murphy (Old Saybrook, Conn.) tied the program record for assists in a single season, set by Ed Greene in 1989.
In net, freshman Camden Spear (Boothbay, Maine) got the nod, and made two saves in the first half, while sophomore Stewart Frank (Pittsford, N.Y.) came on in the second and made a pair of saves to hold the Bears scoreless in his 45 minutes of play. The Bears finished the contest with a 12-9 advantage in shots, while Coast Guard was awarded nine corner kicks to the Pride's five.
Coast Guard struck first just 3:45 into the contest when Patrick Palermo-Re (Manassas, Va.) sent in a corner, that was headed by Austin Read (Tacoma Park, Md.) into the left side of the net to give the Bears an early 1-0 advantage. Coast Guard was able to keep the Pride off the board for the remainder of the first half, taking its 1-0 lead into the halftime break.
It took little time for Springfield College to even the score at one apiece, as in the early goings of the second half, sophomore's Christian Schneider (Douglas, Mass.) and Xavi Arroyo (Concord, Mass.) set up Murphy for his second goal of the year when they sent the junior behind the Bears' defense for an easy finish 5:03 into the second stanza.
Just 18:16 later, the Pride took a 2-1 lead over the Bears when Keon Haji (Shrewsbury, Mass.) and Murphy set up Brad Deckel (Lansdale, Pa.) for his fourth goal of the season. Haji sent a pass to Murphy down the right sideline, who played a ball into the box that was finished by Deckel to give Springfield College a one-goal lead with 21: 41 to play.
The Pride was able to fend off a late rally from the Bears to secure the 2-1 win to close out the regular season. Up next, Springfield College will compete in the NEWMAC Semifinals on Saturday, November 5 at Babson College.