Women's Soccer Holds On to Defeat UMass Dartmouth, 2-1

Women's Soccer Holds On to Defeat UMass Dartmouth, 2-1

Dartmouth, Mass. - September 27, 2016 - Two goals from junior forward Mikaela Coady (Middletown, Conn.) aided the Springfield College women's soccer team to a 2-1 victory over UMass Dartmouth in non-conference action on Tuesday evening. 

With the win, the Pride is now 4-3-1 to start the year, while UMass Dartmouth is now 2-6-1 overall. Springfield College held a dominating 22-3 shot advantage over 90 minutes of play, while also being awarded four corner kicks to the Corsairs' zero.

In net, sophomore goalkeeper Ciara Boucher (Manchester, Conn.) only needed to make one stop in the victory, while Korina Miguel (New Bedford, Mass.), notched nine saves in the defeat.

Springfield College struck just 1:01 into the contest when junior midfielder Dakota Kelly (Bethany, Conn.) got a header on cage, that was saved by Miguel, but the rebound bounced right to Coady, who touched the ball into the net to give the Pride an early 1-0 advantage.

Opening the second half, Springfield College extended its lead to a pair when Kim Quiles (Poughkeepsie, N.Y.) controlled the ball along the outside of the Corsairs' box before sending a cross towards goal, that was headed by Coady into the back of the net to make it 2-0, Pride, with 34:27 remaining in the contest.

With 18:23 to play, UMass Dartmouth cut its lead in half when Erica Farias (Tiverton, R.I.) put a well-struck ball towards cage that floated over the outstretched hands of Boucher and into the top left corner to make it 2-1. 

The Pride were able to fend off the rally from the Corsairs, and escape with the 2-1 victory.

Up next, Springfield College will return to NEWMAC play when it travels to Babson College on Saturday, October 1 for a 1 p.m. contest with the Beavers. The match will be a rematch of last season's NEWMAC Championship game, in which the Pride advanced past Babson in a penalty-kick shootout to claim its fourth-straight NEWMAC title.