Springfield, Mass. - September 9, 2017 - The Springfield College women's soccer team used three second-half goals to come from behind and defeat Endicott College, 3-1, on Saturday afternoon at Brock-Affleck Field. With the win, the Pride is now off to a 4-0 start, while the Gulls drop to 1-2 on the year. The Pride's four-straight wins to start the year marks the best beginning of a season for Springfield College since 2007, when the maroon and white also started 4-0.
In net for the Pride, Ciara Boucher (Manchester, Conn.) made five stops en route to her fourth win of the year, while her counterpart, Kristin Hartlage (Niskayuna, N.Y.) made ten stops in the setback. Springfield College held a shot advantage of 25-13 over 90 minutes of play, while also possessing three corner kicks to the Gulls' seven. Kim Quiles (Poughkeepsie, N.Y.) registered a pair of goals in the win, the third multi-goal game of her career.
Endicott got on the board first following an incredible individual effort from Sharlotte Pernice (West Springfield, Mass.), as the sophomore gained control of the ball in the Gulls' own end before going coast-to-coast, cutting to get herself open, and tucking a shot in the bottom right corner of the net to give Endicott a 1-0 lead just 5:13 into the match. The visitors looked to extend its lead to two just 11:04 into the contest when Rachel Hanna (Chelmsford, Mass.) was granted a penalty kick after a Springfield foul in its own box, but Boucher came up with a diving save to keep the Pride within one.
It took just 49 seconds into the second half for Springfield College to knot the game at one as Mary Silva (Ludlow, Mass.) sent a through ball past the Gulls' back line, which Quiles caught up to and tucked past Hartlage to make it a 1-1 game. The Pride took its first lead of the game with 27:12 on the clock when Monique Marcelino (Farmington, Conn.) played a long ball behind the Endicott defense, which was once again caught up to by Quiles, who converted for her second of the game to make it 2-1.
After head coach John Gibson subbed in three new forwards, the fresh legs of Sara Swetland (Manchester, N.H.) capitalized as Aly Morell (New Britain, Conn.) hit a long ball from the Pride's half which the freshman forward caught up to and tucked in to give Springfield College a 3-1 cushion with 19:12 to play in the game.
From there, the Pride's defense held tough to keep the Gulls off the board, sealing the 3-1 win for Springfield College.
Up next, the Pride will travel to Amherst College, which was No. 14 in the United Soccer Coaches Division III Preseason National Rankings, on Wednesday, September 13 for a 5 p.m. match.