By Kevin Saxe
SPRINGFIELD — Springfield College junior goalie Liz Morehouse (11 saves) made one save then another before the ball rebounded to Trinity forward Jordan Ragland. Ragland made no mistake on her opportunity burying the first goal of the game just 1:14 into the first quarter. From their Trinity would cruise to a 5-0 win over the Pride Tuesday afternoon at Stagg Field. After a huge conference win on Saturday at Smith, head coach Melissa Sharpe had been hopeful to carry momentum from that game to this afternoon’s contest.
“Definitely not a performance we’re pleased with. At this point in the season the biggest thing you need is momentum especially with conference games coming up.”
After allowing an early goal to the Bantams, the Pride would hunker down defensively however they were unable to generate many opportunities leading them to defend a large majority of the first quarter. This trend would continue into the second as Morehouse would make a save on Ragland looking for her second goal but Springfield couldn’t get the rebound out of harm’s way and Kendall Brown converted the chance for the Bantams doubling the lead to 2-0. Despite the final score line Sharpe didn’t the think the overall defense was bad although in part due to the play of Morehouse.
“It wasn’t bad overall. Liz [Morehouse] made some great saves but at some point you have to help your keeper out and take some pressure off of her which we didn’t do.”
The turning point for the Pride seemed to come about five and a half minutes into the second half. Coming off a penalty corner, senior Taylor Conley had the first look at net for the Pride but Bantam goalie Emma Cropper (4 saves) made a great save keeping the game 2-0. After failing to convert the Pride would go down 3-0 a mere two minutes later when Caroline Curtin finished a shot on the run after a tremendous pass from Kendall Brown. Curtin would add another goal for Trinity with under a minute left in the third quarter making it a four goal lead.
For the Pride the defense has been asked a lot of especially as of late and Sharpe knows that her offense who was outshot 26-6 overall and 17-4 in shots on goal is going to have to pick it up going forward into the remainder of the conference schedule.
“We were what I thought was inches away from having a one goal game when it was 2-0 and we didn’t capitalize. We’ve only scored three goals in our last six games. You can only play defense for so long.”
Moving forward for the Pride, they enter a crucial stretch of conference play with their final four games all coming against NEWMAC opponents; Wellesley, Clark, Wheaton, and MIT. Sharpe knows she’s going to need her players to step up with a key part of their schedule coming up as they try to recover from a slow start in conference play.
“I need someone to flip a switch. I need some intensity and leadership and people who have a desire to score and a desire to just make improvements and changes that we need and not be complacent.”
Up next for the Bantams they return to NESCAC play when they travel to the number one team in all of D3 Middlebury on Saturday morning at 11. For the Pride they will return to NEWMAC action when they host Wellesley at Stagg Field on Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m.
Featured photo courtesy Jack Margaros