Springfield, Mass. - September 17, 2016 - In its first New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) contest of the 2016 season, the Springfield College women's soccer team fought to a draw with Coast Guard, 1-1, on Saturday afternoon at Brock-Affleck Field.
With the tie, Springfield College is now 3-1-1 to start the year with an 0-1-1 mark in NEWMAC play, while the Bears are now 3-1-2 and 0-0-1 in the conference.
Junior goalkeeper Ciara Boucher (Manchester, Conn.) finished with two saves in the contest, while for Coast Guard, sophomore Rachel Boohar (Oxford, Pa.) made nine stops over 110 minutes of play. Springfield College held a 27-7 shot advantage throughout the course of the contest, while also holding a 4-0 margin in corner kicks.
After a scoreless first half, the Pride got on the board just 3:21 into the second frame when Mikaela Coady (Middletown, Conn.) got hauled down inside the Bears' box, leading to a penalty kick for Elizabeth Monsen (Wayne, N.J.), who converted to make it 1-0, Springfield College.
With 32:31 remaining in the contest, Coast Guard pulled even when junior midfielder Gabby Auzenbergs (Shrewsbury, Mass.) played a ball to the wing for Claire Hurley (Waterford, Conn.), who sent a cross right across the goal mouth, which was deflected by Katie Clark (Sacramento, Calif.) into the back of the net to make it 1-1.
Springfield College had a chance to take a late lead in regulation, when Monique Marcelino (Farmington, Conn.) gained control of a loose ball on the edge of a box and put a bid on cage, but the ball trickled just wide of the cage to keep the game knotted at one apiece.
The two sides played back-and-forth soccer in the two overtime periods, but neither side could find the back of the net to take the win.
Up next, Springfield College will travel to Endicott for a non-conference match on Tuesday, before returning to Brock-Affleck Field on Saturday when it will host MIT at 2:30 p.m.