On a chilly Tuesday evening under the lights a Brock-Affleck Field, Springfield College women’s soccer (10-2) took on Ohio Wesleyan (6-4-2). The Pride looked to bounce back from its loss against Babson. Ohio Wesleyan, coached by former Springfield College women’s soccer great Nicole Ross, looked to lead her team to a win over her old coach John Gibson.
Ross played for the Pride from 2005 to 2008 and left the No. 2 in all-time career points (92), No. 3 all-time career assists (20) and No. 3 in all time career goals (36).
“It’s really great to be back,” said Ross. “What was so impressive is how campus has changed so much but what hasn’t changed is the people. I just talked to the Springfield girls and how appreciative I am to be back and I’m so proud of them. “
Springfield spoiled Ross’ homecoming by dominating Wesleyan from start to finish en route to a 4-1 victory over the fighting Bishops. Led by senior forward Mikaela Coady, the women came out more more aggressive than they have looked all year after losing to Babson earlier this week.
“From the moment we walked in the locker room everyone just had very high energy,” said Coady. “Everyone keeps asking if there was something in our food but it was just us. After Babson we realized the season is so short and that (game) should not have been a loss. So we are really just fired up to play.”
The Pride dominated the ball early and were getting anywhere they wanted on the field with ease. Coady got the Pride started early with a goal at the 13th minute mark. Only 21 seconds later, Coady scored her team-high 9th goal of the season in the bottom right of the net to give the Pride an early 2-0 lead.
Junior Amanda Wright kept the onslaught going by scoring with 12:10 to play in the first half to give the Pride a 3-0 lead. With 1:44 to go in the first half, freshman Brinsley Chase took advantage of a loose rebound by Wesleyan’s goalie and scored to give the Pride a commanding 4-0.
The Pride’s defense kept the pressure on the FightIng Bishops for most of the second half until Wesleyan Freshman Ashley Smiley was able to evade a few defenders and find the back of the net with only 8:15 left to play in the game.
From there the Pride cruised to the 4-1 victory. Next, the Pride women will have their toughest test of this season at home this Sunday against No. 4 ranked Williams (10-0-1).
Forward Mikaela Cody is confident in the Pride’s chances this Sunday.
“There is no team we can’t beat if we play our game.”