Springfield, Mass. - October 10, 2017 - Behind goals from Christian Schneider (Douglas, Mass.) and Curtis Bolduc (South Windsor, Conn.), the Springfield College men's soccer team defeated UMass Boston, 2-0, in non-conference action on Tuesday night at Brock-Affleck Field.
With the win, Springfield College, which was ranked No. 22 in the latest United Soccer Coaches Division III National Rankings, remains one of three teams in all of Division III without a loss or draw and improves 11-0-0 overall. UMass Boston, a team that advanced to the NCAA Division III Sweet 16 a season ago and is currently ranked No. 9 in New England, falls to 7-3-2 on the season.
Springfield College's Marvyn Dorchin (Belmont, Mass.) and Stewart Frank (Pittsford, N.Y.) split the goalkeeping duties for the Pride on Tuesday night, as they combined for five saves in the win, while their counterpart, Omar Castro-Dreher (Woonsocket, R.I.) notched six saves in the setback. Springfield College held a dominant 20-7 shot advantage over the Beacons, as both sides were awarded a pair of corner kicks.
Springfield College got its first chance of the game just 2:56 into the contest when Danny Murphy (Old Saybrook, Conn.) sent a direct free kick into the box, which landed on the foot of Cam Powell (Housatonic, Mass.), but the senior defender's bid sailed just high to keep the game scoreless. The Pride's next chance came in the ninth minute when Curtis Bolduc (South Windsor, Conn.) beat his defender to the left side of the box before blasting one on cage, but Castro-Dreher kept it out of the cage with a diving effort to keep the Pride at bay.
Springfield College finally broke through with 16:02 to play in the first half when a UMass Boston defender hauled down Bolduc in the box, setting up a penalty kick for Christian Schneider (Douglas, Mass.), which the junior forward converted to make it 1-0, Pride. Springfield College looked to push its lead to a pair with 9:26 to play when Brad Deckel (Lansdale, Pa.) made a great run towards the middle of the field before working a give-and-go with Schneider. When Deckel regained possession of the ball, he was all alone with the goalkeeper but hit the crossbar, nullifying the Pride's chance at a 2-0 lead.
Springfield College dominated the beginning stages of the second half, as with 14:22 to play, the Pride finally picked up an insurance tally when Brendan Claflin (Burlington, Mass.) sent a ball into the box that was deflected by Leland Malloy (Bethlehem, Conn.) before landing on the foot of Bolduc. The senior midfielder calmly let the ball bounce and then kicked it out of mid air and into the back of the net to make it 2-0, Springfield College.
The Pride was able to fend off a late rally from the Beacons, sealing the 2-0 win for Springfield College.
Next up, the Pride will return to Brock-Affleck Field on Saturday, October 14 when it will host Emerson in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) play at 12 p.m.