Springfield, Mass. - September 13, 2017 - For the second-straight year, the Springfield College women's soccer team knocked of a nationally-ranked Amherst College, as goals from Mikaela Coady (Middletown, Conn.), Kim Quiles (Poughkeepsie, N.Y.) and an 11-save performance from Ciara Boucher (Manchester, Conn.) led the Pride to a 2-0 win over the Mammoths on Wednesday evening.
With the win, Springfield College is now 5-0 to begin the year, the best start for the Pride in it's Division III program history. With the loss, Amherst College, which was ranked No. 12 in the latest United Soccer Coaches Division III National Rankings, falls to 2-1 on the year. Additionally, out of maroon and white's five wins this season, four of them have been shutout victories. Wednesday night's game marked the 18th-consecutive season that Springfield and Amherst College faced one another, as this is just the fifth time, and third in the last eight years that the Pride has earned a victory in the series.
Boucher's 11-save performance was a career-best, as she was countered by Chelsea Cutler (Westport, Conn.), who made just three stops in the setback. Amherst held a 21-11 shot advantage over 90 minutes of play and was awarded six corner kicks to the Pride's two.
After back-and-forth play to begin the match, Springfield College broke through first when Coady netted her first of the season, unassisted, with 21:58 to play in the first half. Amherst would put two chances on cage with less than 10 minutes to go in the stanza, but Boucher held tough, keeping the Mammoths off the scoreboard through the first 45 minutes of play.
In the early stages of the second half, the Pride put the pressure on the back line of Amherst, as Monique Marcelino (Farmington, Conn.) put a pair of cage, which were both stopped, before Quiles found the back of the net for the third-consecutive contest to give the Pride a 2-0 lead over Amherst.
Despite a late rally from the Mammoth, Springfield was able to hold strong and not allow a goal, as it escaped with the 2-0 victory.
Up next, Springfield College will return home to Brock-Affleck Field on Saturday, September 16 when it will take on Coast Guard in its New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) season opener at 2:30 p.m.