On a cloudy Sunday the Springfield College women’s soccer team (10-2-0) took on the Williams Ephs (11-0-1). The Pride looked to carry its momentum from their dominant win against Ohio Wesleyan Friday night into Sunday’s game. Williams (11-0-1) entered ranked No. 4 in the United Soccer coaches NCAA Division III rankings.
This Ephs looked the part of a top team in the country, with most of their team standing at 5’9 or taller. The women towered over the Pride.
The Pride lost a hard fought game against the Ephs. Springfield’s defense was excellent for most of the day and goalie Ciara Boucher had two big saves before allowing the winning goal from the Elphs.
The Pride came out looking better than they have all season and didn’t back down from Williams.
“For certainly the first half hour, probably most of the first half, it was hard to tell which team was which,” said Pride head coach John Gibson. “We take a great deal of pride in being able to play like that which makes it even more frustrating to lose to Emerson and Babson.”
The only opportunity Springfield gave the Ephs in the first half was when the Pride committed a foul inside its own box. Williams was awarded a penalty kick at the 18:30 mark, but goalie Ciara Boucher dove towards the right side of the net and made a big save to keep the game tied at zero.
Aside from that, neither team separated itself for the rest of the first half with mostly back-and-forth play. Williams came out the second half aggressive and just five minutes in forward Sarah Scire managed to get past Pride defenders and got a shot on goal, but Boucher was there for the save to keep the game scoreless.
Williams finally managed to get a ball past Boucher in the 71st minute when forward Sidney Jones found the back of the net.
With a little under six minutes remaining in the game Springfield forward Gabrielle Fernandes took a shot that looked good until Williams’ goalie Olivia Barnhill was able to get her hand on the ball, hitting it above the crossbar.
From there the Pride were unable to capitalize on any opportunities.
“(This game) was a great advert for Division III women’s soccer,” said Gibson. “Anyone who was impartial probably would’ve been impressed with the quality of play.”
The Pride fall to 10-3-0 but will look to bounce back in their next game at Smith College Tuesday, October 17th at 4 p.m