By Ryan Vermette
NEW LONDON– It took nearly 106 minutes, but the Springfield College mens soccer team’s first goal of the game was enough to lift them past Coast Guard, 1-0, Saturday afternoon. The Pride, who have played 5 of their first 6 games on the road, improved to 4-2 with the overtime win.
Springfield finally broke through late in the second OT when sophomore Emmanuel Agyemang’s shot found the back of the net to take a 1-0 lead in the 105th minute. Agyemang’s goal was his first of the season, and was assisted by Andrew Ma and Joseph Olaynack. The Pride were able to hang on and ultimately grab a huge conference win after falling to Stevens last week, 2-1.
Both teams were sound on defense through the first 90 minutes with both goalies pitching a shutout. Springfield’s Stewart Frank had a solid start in net, allowing no goals on 12 shots with four on target. Coast Guard’s Dakota Harich also played well up into the last minutes of the second OT, allowing 1 goal on four shots on target and 13 shots total.
Both offenses had trouble finding the net right from the beginning although both teams had many opportunities throughout. The Pride outshot Coast Guard 13-12 with both teams having four shots on goal. Springfield failed to capitalize on any of their 12 corner kicks but held the Bears to just two corners.
The Pride (4-2) will look to get back on a win streak on Tuesday as they go on the road yet again to face Gordon at 4pm.
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