On a sunny Saturday afternoon Pride women’s soccer took on WPI in its last game of the season. Springfield came into the game at sitting at fifth in the NEWMAC standings with the Engineers right behind them at sixth. WPI, last year’s NEWMAC champion, defeated the Pride in the NEWMAC semifinal last season. The women came into the game looking to avenge that loss and gain momentum going into the postseason.
It was also senior day for the Pride. Before the game started seniors Ciara Boucher, Mikaela Cody, Mary Silva, Dakota Kelly, Monique Marcelino, Kim Quiles, and Olivia Bernas were honored with their families.
The women managed to avenge their loss from last season and defeated the Engineers, 2-1. Springfield will finish the regular season 13-5 overall and 6-4 in NEWMAC play. Quiles led the Pride to the win with two assists.
Early on in the game WPI controlled the tempo and had the upper hand for the most part. At the 15:31 mark, Sophie Gomarlo had an opportunity but failed to find the back of the net.
The momentum quickly changed in Springfield’s favor as sophomore forward Sydney Wine was able to capitalize on a rebound to find the back of the net at the 18:19 mark. The remainder of the first half saw mostly back and forth play and Springfield went into the half up 1-0.
The women came out aggressively and it only took 1:05 for the Pride to score . Dakota Allen found the back of the net in her first game back since suffering a her lateral tibial plateau fracture against Emerson College a month ago.
“Definitely an incredible feeling (scoring a goal),” said Allen. “I haven’t played in over a month but i applied myself and just knew I could do it. I just kept working hard and waiting for something good to happen.”
For the remainder of the game it was back and forth play between the two teams until Sophie Gomarlo managed to score with 2:55 remaining.
The Pride will play in the quarterfinals of the NEWMAC tournament on Tuesday October 31st. With many players coming back off of injury, the Pride are coming together at the right time and the women are confident.
Allen said after the win, ”We have the potential to win this whole thing and go to NCAAs.”