Springfield, Mass. - September 3, 2016 - The Springfield College women's soccer program suffered a 1-0 setback to Eastern Connecticut State University on Saturday night at Brock-Affleck Field. With the loss, the Pride are now 1-1, while the Warriors improve to 2-0 to start the year.
In net, junior goalkeeper Ciara Boucher (Manchester, Conn.) posted a game-high six saves, while for Eastern Connecticut, Kayla Labrecque (Westhampton, Mass.) and Kaley Kennedy (Enfield, Conn.) split the game, combining for one save.
The Warriors out shot the Pride 14-5 over 90 minutes of play, as Springfield held a 4-2 margin in corner kicks.
Eastern Connecticut held a majority of the possession in the first half, and almost broke the scoreless tie on a direct free kick from Maggie Bodington (Stratford, Conn.), which snuck through the Springfield College back line, but Boucher made a diving save to hold the Warriors at bay.
With 13:36 remaining in the half, Eastern Connecticut finally broke through when McKenzie Reimondo (Portland, Conn.) gathered the ball along the end line, and chipped a ball into the upper netting, giving the Warriors a 1-0 lead heading into the break.
Back-and-forth play highlighted the beginning stages of the second half, and the Warriors almost added an insurance tally with 15:00 left, when Emily Becher (Brooklyn, Conn.) headed a corner kick sent in by Reimondo off the crossbar, but the Pride defense was able to clear the ball, keeping it a one-goal game.
Springfield College was able to get a few late chances on the cage, but the Warriors defense held strong, escaping with the one-goal win.