Cambridge, Mass. - November 3, 2018 - The Springfield College women's soccer team fell to host MIT in the 2018 New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Championship contest 2-1, as the Engineers were able to prevail over the Pride in overtime on Saturday afternoon at Steinbrenner Stadium. Saturday marked the 10th time in the last 11 seasons that Springfield College played for a NEWMAC title.
With the loss, the Pride falls to 14-5-1 on the year, while MIT, which was ranked No. 24 in the latest United Soccer Coaches Division III National Rankings, improves to 16-2-3 overall. The Engineers held an 18-9 shot advantage in the win, while both sides were awarded six corner kicks. There were a combined 42 fouls in the contest, 23 coming from MIT.
Just 1:11 into the first overtime period Maya Nielan (Danville, Calif.) ripped a shot inside the Pride's box, which hit the cross bar, but the rebound bounced right to Amy Apostol (Los Gatos, Calif.), who made no mistake and buried her seventh goal of the season to lift the Engineers to victory.
In net for the Pride, senior goalkeeper Jackie Davis (Ringoes, N.J.) made eight saves, while her counterpart, Lily Mueller (Lakeville, Minn.) recorded three saves in the victory.
Springfield College opened the scoring as Amanda Wright (Pittsfield, Mass.) sent in a cross from the left side, which took one bounce in the box before Sara Swetland (Manchester, N.H.) freed herself from a defender and finished the chance for her sixth goal of the year. Just 22 seconds later, MIT equalized the game once again when Karenna Groff (Weston, Mass.) converted a pass from Apostol to make it 1-1 with 32:26 to play in the first half.
In the later stages of the first stanza, Kaleigh Dale (Mansfield, Conn.) and Nikki Kerr (Manchester, Conn.) each had shots on goal, but the scoring bids were turned away by Mueller, before Swetland had the last shot on goal of the first half, also stopped by the senior goalkeeper.
MIT put the pressure on the Springfield College back line in the early stages of the second half, producing three shots on goal, before Groff and Sophia Struckman (Scottsdale, Ariz.) had a flurry of chances with 20 minutes remaining that were both stuffed by Davis. Looking to score late, Groff and Struckman both had shots on goal with less than 1:10 to play, but Davis held tough as the two sides finished regulation in a 1-1 tie.
A corner kick just 45 seconds into overtime was sent in by Emily Berzolla (Riverside, Conn.), which was struck by Nielan, before Apostol sealed the win with her game-winning strike.