Men's Soccer Strikes Late; Defeats Stevens, 2-1

Men's Soccer Strikes Late; Defeats Stevens, 2-1

Hoboken, N.J. - September 10, 2017 - Senior defender Cam Powell (Housatonic, Mass.) found the back of the net with 10:47 left in regulation to lift the Springfield College men's soccer team to a 2-1 victory against Stevens on Sunday evening in Hoboken.

With the win, the Pride, which was receiving votes in the United Soccer Coaches Division III Preseason National Rankings, improves to 4-0, while the Ducks are now 3-2 overall. Springfield College held a 15-13 shot advantage over 90 minutes of play, while it was also awarded three corner kicks compared to Stevens' six.

In net for Springfield College, Stewart Frank (Pittsford, N.Y.) made one save and picked up his fourth win of the year, while his counterpart, Aaron Henry (Fayetteville, Ark.) made two stops in the setback.

The Pride got on the board first as in the 20th minute, Harry Davis (Merrick, N.Y.) sent in a ball that was headed by Douglas Enga (Syosset, N.Y.), before finding the foot of Powell for his second goal of the year, giving Springfield College a 1-0 lead with 25:58 to play in the first half. The Ducks evened the score with 15:24 to play in the stanza, as Andrew Masur (Bridgewater, N.J.) sent in a shot from the top corner of the 18-yard box, which was redirected by Danny Nasti (Verona, N.J.) for the junior's first marker of 2017.

Entering the second half still even at one apiece, Springfield College got a great bid from Danny Murphy (Old Saybrook, Conn.), who labeled the top right corner of the net, but Henry dove to his right and just got a hand to the shot, deflecting it wide to keep the game even. Springfield College, which held a 13-10 shot advantage in the second half, continued the pressure until Xavi Arroyo (Concord, Mass.) hauled in a pass from Murphy and sent it into the box before Powell rose above his defender and headed the ball into the back of the cage to give the Pride a late 2-1 lead.

Despite a few late chances from the Ducks, Frank, along with the stout defensive unit of the Pride held tough as Springfield College escaped with the 2-1 win. 

Up next, Springfield College will return to Brock-Affleck Field when it will host Coast Guard at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, September 16.