By Helen Lucas
Springfield was down by one early Wednesday night when they faced off against Westfield State on Stagg field. The Owls scored fast, just 30 seconds into the match they were able to find the back of the net, however the Pride answered back just as fast with two goals from Kayla Schroeher within a minute of each other to give Springfield a 2-1 lead just minutes into the game.
The Pride was able to defeat the Owls 14-9 in a match up that wasn’t decided until the second half. Springfield took the lead in the first half after Schroeher’s back to back goals, one of her goals was from a free position shot after Westfield’s goalie committed a foul.
“My teammates moved for me, it was the attack as a whole, if they weren’t doing their job then I can’t do my job and finish it off, so it’s really the whole team, without them I couldn’t have scored,” said Schroeher.
In the first 15 minutes of the match aside from Schroeher’s goals Junior Ann Mahoney was able to find the back of the net before Westfield answered back with two goals back to back which tied things up at 3-3. This forced Springfield to take a timeout just 10 minutes into the game. Schroeher scored once more in the first half, giving her a hat trick in the first 15 minutes of the game.
In the final 15 minutes of the first half every goal the Pride scored Westfield State was able to answer right back keeping the score close. The Pride went into the locker room with a 7-5 lead.
Springfield came out of halftime strong and scored the first two goals of the half before Westfield fired back two goals of their own. After Westfield was down by only two again Springfield’s offense picked and never looked back. The Pride went on a five goal run, with three of the goals from Schroeher. This gave the Pride their biggest lead of the game with seven points.
Not only was the Pride’s offense the strongest it had been all game but the goalkeeper Gabby Anderson made multiple saves off of free position shots and ended the match with 15 saves overall. Anderson allowed only four goals in the second half and did not let the Owls to score for 17 minutes straight.
“We knew as a defensive unit and as a team we needed to step up our game. I’m able to see everything so I think it starts from the defensive end then it just transitions, so when we come up with a big play it transitions back onto attack,” said Anderson.
Aside from Anderson and Schroeher, who finished the night with six goals, Shelby Corsano had four goals, two of them being the first two goals of the second half. Taylor Kane, Katie Stallone and Kristen Steidler each had one goal while Bianca Raniolo had five asist.
The Pride is now 8-4 and remains undefeated at home and has won their last five games. They will be back again on Stagg Field on Saturday against Wheaton at 1. “[Playing at home] definitely is boosting our confidence because we had a pretty tough preseason with the teams we were playing, it is going to push us more and we are hungry for more so we are never going to settle for just any old win,” said Schroeher.