On Saturday afternoon the Springfield College men’s soccer team hosted fourth-seeded Norwich University on Brock-Affleck field in an Eastern Coast Athletic Conference New England semifinals match-up.
The Pride prevailed, earning a 2-0 victory and advancing to the ECAC New England Championship.
After powerful, persistent offense, the Pride were able to get on the board with little time remaining in the first half.
Freshman Matt Dickmann received a pass from Joe LaBella,and was able to win the physical battle with his defender in front of the net, putting the ball past goalkeeper Greg Payne on the ground to the far side.
“I’m not surprised at all that [Dickmann] scored. I’m very proud of him and he’ll do it again in the near future,” senior Scott Morneault said.
Returning to the field after the half, the Pride proved that they hadn’t lost any offensive momentum when Ryan Malone was able to fight through traffic to connect on a throw in from Scott Morneault and let it fly into the netting, tallying his 12th goal of the season.
Malone, junior Drew Sommer, and senior John Mankus all had standout performances, leading a strong Springfield defense.
Norwich’s offense was unable to get many quality chances in close, and was often forced to the outside because of Springfield’s hustle and positioning.
Springfield goalkeeper Billy Schmid earned himself a shutout in goal without having to make a single save.
“Ever since the beginning of the season one of our biggest goals has been to hold the other team scoreless; that is a personal goal as a center back,” Mankus said.
With the win, Springfield moves to 14-6 on the season and advances to play Lasell College in the ECAC Championship. Lasell is coming off of a 3-2 win over Worcester State University in a close match. The championship game is set to kick off on Sunday at 12 p.m. at Brock-Affleck Field.