By Kevin Saxe
BOSTON — On Saturday afternoon the Springfield College women’s soccer team traveled to Boston where they met NEWMAC foe Emerson. The Pride avenged back-to-back regular season NEWMAC losses to the Lions by defeating them 2-1 at Rotch Field.
The game did not get off to a great start as Springfield found themselves down within the first 3:18 of the game. The Lions found the back of the net after they were awarded a corner kick. Off the corner kick Jess Frost finished a shot that beat Pride goalie Izzy Inglese to give the home team the early lead. The Pride had their own chances as they had four shots on goal, but Emerson goalie Megan Rose kept Springfield scoreless through 45 minutes.
As Emerson did in the first half, Springfield was able to strike early in the second half. Just 2:57 in, freshmen Alyana Sosa set up senior Amanda Wright for a goal to tie the game at one, as Wright now leads the team with six.
The game would remain at a stalemate until just under 28 minutes left to play. Sophomore Sara Swetland took advantage of a foul in the box buried the penalty kick for her third goal of the season to give the Pride a lead they wouldn’t relinquish.
After allowing a goal on the first shot she faced, Inglese was a brick wall in net for the Pride from there, as she made six saves including four in the first half. Her counterpart Megan Rose would make nine saves in the loss. The Pride outshot the Lions 17-11 and held an 11-7 advantage in shots on goal.
With the win the Pride are now 2-0 in NEWMAC play and 8-1-1 overall with the lone blemish to the defending national champions Williams College. The Lions fall to 1-1 in the NEWMAC and 4-4 overall on the season. The Pride will get a week off before returning to Brock Affleck Field for the first time since September 1st when they take on Mount Holyoke in a game scheduled for a 3 p.m. start.
Featured photo courtesy of Springfield College Athletics