Springfield, Mass. - September 9, 2019 - Playing its first home contest of the 2018 season, the Springfield College men's soccer team fell to nationall-ranked Stevens, 2-1, at Brock-Affleck Field on Sunday afternoon. With the loss, the Pride is now 3-2 on the year while Stevens improves to 4-1 overall.
Each side registered 11 shots over 90 minutes of play, as they were each awarded five corner kicks as well. In net, Stewart Frank (Pittsford, N.Y.) made one save in 59:07 of play, while Camden Spear (Boothbay, Maine) subbed in for 30:53 of the first half. For Stevens, Mitko Bozinov (Woodland Park, N.J.) earned the victory and made two stops.
It was back-and-forth play in the early goings of the game as both sides had their scoring opportunities, before the Ducks finally broke through in the 43rd minute when Adam Silva (Wayne, N.J.) found an open Stephen Johnson (Oceanport, N.J.), who hammered a shot towards goal that ricocheted of of a Springfield College defender and into the left side of the net to give the visitors a 1-0 lead at the break.
Stevens would add an insurance goal in the 69th minute when Daniel Aversano (Upper Saddle River, N.J.) collected a loose ball on the right side of the box and rocketed a shot past Frank to give the Ducks a 2-0 lead with 21:03 to play.
Springfield College would answer in the 75th minute when Jack Rosenberg (Simsbury, Conn.) sent Mateusz Dziemian (Stamford, Conn.) up the left flank with a great ball, before Dziemian chipped the ball to the front of the cage, where senior Christian Schneider (Douglas, Mass.) put himself in a position to head the ball past Bozinov to cut the Pride's deficit in half.
The Pride applied some more offensive pressure in the late stages of the contest, but the Ducks' back line held strong and was able to keep Springfield College at bay.
The maroon and white will return to action on Saturday, September 15 when it plays its first New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) contest of the 2018 season against Coast Guard in New London, Conn. at 11:30 a.m.