Springfield, Mass. - September 2, 2017 - The Springfield College women's soccer team scored a pair of goals in each half en route to a 4-0 win over Roger Williams on Saturday evening at Brock-Affleck Field. With the win, the Pride is now 2-0, while the Hawks fall to 0-2.
Springfield College held a 12-9 shot advantage over 90 minutes of play, while Roger Williams had four corner kicks in the setback. In net for the Pride, Ciara Boucher (Manchester, Conn.) picked up her second-consecutive shutout, as she made four saves, while Izzy Inglese (Wolcott, Conn.) came on for the final 13:16 to preserve the win. Roger Williams' starting goalkeeper, Alexis Wright (Quincy, Mass.), made four stops in the loss.
For the Pride, junior forward Amanda Wright (Pittsfield, Mass.) made her second-career start and buried a pair of goals in the first half, while Mary Silva (Ludlow, Mass.) and Gabrielle Fernandes (North Smithfield, R.I.) each netted one in the second half to complete the 4-0 win.
Springfield College got on the board first with a quality offensive play, as Dakota Kelly (Bethany, Conn.) sent a ball into the corner for Mikaela Coady (Middletown, Conn.), who then sent a cross towards the net, finding Wright, who pulled in the loose ball and found the back of the net to make it 1-0, Pride, with 27:27 on the clock.
Wright pushed Springfield's lead to a pair with less than 11 minutes until half, as the junior took the ball on the right flank and sent a high arching shot over the defense that knocked off the left post and into the back of the net to make it 2-0, Pride.
Just 16:08 into the second half, Springfield College pushed its lead to three when Aly Morell (New Britain, Conn.) sent a direct free kick into the box, which was kicked around in a scrum before Silva came away with the ball and knocked one past Alexis Wright to make it 3-0, Pride. Just over ten minutes later, Springfield College made it 4-0 when Sara Swetland (Manchester, N.H.) touched a pass to Fernandes, who let a beauty of a shot go over the outstretched arms of Wright and into the back of the net with 18:04 to play.
Up next, Springfield College will return to Brock-Affleck Field on Wednesday, September 6 for a 7 p.m. contest with Western New England.
Eastern Connecticut 1, Westfield State 1 - Final (2OT)
Competing on the second day of the Springfield College Invitational, the Eastern Connecticut and Westfield State women's soccer programs played to a 1-1 draw on Saturday at Brock-Affleck Field. With the draw, Eastern Connecticut is now 1-0-1, while Westfield State falls to 0-1-1 overall.
In net for the Owls, Natalia Falcone (Sutton, Mass.) was strong in the cage as she totaled 10 saves on the evening, while her counterpart, Kayla Labrecque (Westhampton, Mass.) made one stop in 110 minutes of action.
It took almost two thirds of the first half for either team to get on the scoreboard, but Westfield State was first when Michaela St. Cyr (Saugus, Mass.) knocked home a corner kick sent in by Lydia Kinsman (Granville, Mass.) with 16:22 to play in the stanza. The Owls would lock down defensively, fending off a flurry of Eastern Connecticut chances towards the end of the half to hold a 1-0 lead heading into the break.
After a few more attempts on net for the Warriors, Eastern Connecticut finally pulled even when Tara Shayler (Avon, Conn.) carried the ball down the right flank before centering a ball to senior forward Emily Becher (Brooklyn, Conn.), who connected with the cross in the air and sent it past Falcone to make it a 1-1 game with 19:02 to play in the game.
The two sides would trade more opportunities down the stretch, but neither were able to break the tie before the end of regulation, sending the game into overtime.
Eastern Connecticut got the early chances in the first overtime period, but when Westfield State got their chance, they made it count, as Nicole Chretien (North Attleboro, Mass.) ripped a shot from outside the box that sailed over Labrecque's arms, but hit the cross bar and rolled out of bounds. Eastern Connecticut's best chance of the second half came with 1:24 remaining in the first overtime period when Becher let one go on cage, but Falcone came up with a big save to keep the Warriors at bay.
Both sides played back-and-forth soccer for the second overtime period, resulting in a 1-1 draw.