Springfield, Mass. – August 31, 2018 – The Springfield College women's soccer team started the season off in the win column, as the Pride was able to defeat Pacific, 2-0, in the opening night of the Springfield College Invitational, hosted on Brock-Affleck Field.
With the win, the Pride is now 1-0, while the Boxers fall to 0-1 on the year.
Springfield College held a 17-4 shot advantage over 90 minutes of play, including a 13-1 margin through the game's first 45 minutes. For the contest, the Pride was also awarded 11 corner kicks to the Boxers' one. In the net for the Pride, senior goalkeeper Jackie Davis (Ringoes, N.J.) earned her first collegiate win and only needed to make one save in the victory.
After firing a shot off the crossbar just 20:21 into the game, senior forward Amanda Wright (Pittsfield, Mass.), beat her defender off of a pass from freshman Kaleigh Dale (Mansfield, Conn.) and on a dash, hooked a shot around her defender and into the left side of the net for her first goal of the season with 2:34 to play in the first half. Wright finished the game with five shots, three of which were on goal.
Freshman Sydney Fackrell (Hamburg, N.J.) tacked on an insurance goal in the 54th minute after squeaking a shot past Pacific goalkeeper Saya Brown (Bothell, Wash.), who finished the night with eight saves. Junior Sydney Wine (New Braintree, Mass.) earned the assist off of a corner kick.
A pair of goals would prove to be all the Pride would need, as their defense duplicated its first half success and kept the Boxers' offensive advances near midfield to close out the game.
The Pride will face Roger Williams in the invitational's championship game on Saturday, September 1 at 6:15 p.m. back on Brock-Affleck Field.
Roger Williams 1, Eastern Connecticut 0 (Final - OT)
It took 93:51 for either side to find the back of the net, but Roger Williams' Morgan Snow (Rowley, Mass.) buried a feed from Lexi Larson (Norton, Mass.) just 3:51 into the first overtime period to lift the Hawks to victory. With the win, Roger Williams is now 1-0 on the year and will advance to take on Springfield College in the Championship Game, which will be hosted back on Brock-Affleck Field on Saturday, September 1 at 6:15 p.m. With the loss, Eastern Connecticut is 0-1 and will take on Pacific (Ore.) in the Consolation Game at 4 p.m.
In net, Eastern Connecticut's Kayla Labrecque (Westhampton, Mass.) made a game-high five stops for the Warriors, while her counterpart, Morgan Strassburg (Longmeadow, Mass.) picked up her first-career win as she collected three saves on the evening.
Roger Williams held an 11-7 shot advantage throughout the contest, while the Hawks were awarded three corner kicks to the Warriors' one.