Cambridge, Mass. – November 7, 2019 – The Springfield College women's soccer team fell to No. 5 MIT in the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Championship Semifinal, 3-0, on Thursday night at Steinbrenner Stadium.
The Pride, who came into the game as the No. 4 seed in the tournament, fell to 11-6-3. MIT, who is ranked fifth in the national poll, moved to 18-1-2 and will advance to the NEWMAC Championship final.
In the first half, Springfield came up with timely stops on the defensive end by blocking three scoring chances by the Engineers. At 27:00, top-seeded MIT got on the board after a foul in the box resulted in a penalty kick that Emily Berzolla skipped in. Despite the majority of play taking place in the midfield with both teams battling for possession, Springfield was whistled for another foul in the box, this time at 42:32. Caitlin Normoyle (Springfield, Mass.) made a diving stop on the bid from Eva Anderson, but Brigette Wang collected the loose ball and slotted home a shot into the back right corner. Springfield made one final push in the half, as Kellie Smith (Marshfield, Mass.) ripped a shot from the top of the box that just got tipped away from the goal, preserving the 2-0 lead for the Engineers.
At the 48-minute mark, the Engineers scored their third strike on the night as Allie Werner finished off a through ball from Karenna Groff. In the 57th-minute, Kaleigh Dale (Mansfield, Conn.) looked to cut into the MIT lead after making a series of moves on the right box, but the shot was stonewalled by the Engineers line. From there, MIT was able to keep the Pride off the scoreboard to advance to Saturday's conference title game.
For the game, Springfield was outshot, 14-7, and the Engineers owned a 6-2 edge in corner kicks. Normoyle made five saves in the setback, while MIT's Ava Gillikin turned in three stops in the shutout victory.
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