The Pride earned their 13th victory of the season with a late goal by Drew Vanasse. The senior’s goal with 5:30 remaining in the second half helped the Pride inch past Fitchburg State, 1-0 on Wednesday night.
Springfield outshot Fitchburg 24-6 and created several opportunities in the first half, but were unable to execute early on.
The Pride created pressure on the Fitchburg defense using quickness and awareness, as head coach Steffen Siebert put in 29 different players throughout the game to help keep the team’s energy high. Everyone for Springfield contributed in on the success.
“I was super impressed tonight. All 29 players proved to have a big impact,” said Siebert.
It was a total team effort for the Pride, which is something that has been a common trend for them this season.
Freshman forward Matt Dickmann played one of his best games in his short career. The freshman ripped a shot that went just over the net with 12:20 left in the first half that gave his team momentum for the rest of the game.
Springfield continued to dominate possession over Fitchburg State in the first half, keeping Falcons’ goalkeeper Rondinelle DePaula constantly busy in the net.
The Pride finished the half strong with a series of shots at DePaula, but were unable to capitalize.
Springfield switched goalies to start the second half as Siebert took out sophomore Billy Schmid and subbed in freshman Zach Richard. Schmid saw little action, earning one save.
Fitchburg started off the second half attempting to put pressure on the Springfield defense, but that proved to be ineffective, with the Pride defense having developed some solid headers that went just over the net to prevent the incoming Fitchburg State attacks.
Vanasse’s goal was definitely the difference maker, but the aggressiveness beforehand made an impact. Amato took a free kick with 16:38 remaining in the contest that ripped right inside the top center of the crossbar and ricocheted right off, creating a sure sign of things to come.
The Pride’s win put their record at 13-4 overall with a 3-3 New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference record. Springfield will play a crucial NEWMAC game at home against Coast Guard on Saturday, Nov. 2. Siebert knows what his team has to do.
“We have to show Coast Guard what we showed Fitchburg tonight,” said Siebert.
The game against Coast Guard will decide where the Pride will land in the NEWMAC Tournament.