The Springfield College men’s soccer team (12-4-0, 3-3-1) suffered a tough 4-3 overtime loss this past Saturday against NEWMAC rival MIT (11-3-1, 4-1-1). The game was a rematch of last year’s NEWMAC Championship game. MIT won that game as well, 2-0.
Springfield College sophomore goalkeeper Billy Schmid had six saves on the afternoon, but wasn’t able to stop the overtime sudden-death goal by MIT captain Matthew Monheit. Monheit, an Abington, Pa. native, was happy to contribute to the win.
“It was big,” Monheit said. “It’s a stepping-stone along the way, but we still have a lot of work to do.”
The Engineers took an early 3-1 lead in the first half after sophomore midfielder Sean Bingham had a hat trick. The Garden City, N.Y. native was able to get the ball past Schmid in the 23rd, 29th and 36th minutes. He scored all of the regulation goals for MIT.
The Pride’s stars of the day were the veterans. Seniors ruled the day as defender Ryan Malone and midfielder Drew Vanasse each contributed on two of Springfield’s goals. Vanasse tied things up for the Pride in the first half from a Malone assist. Likewise, Malone scored in 53rd minute off a Scott Morneault assist. Morneault is also a senior. Vanasse, a native of Concord, Mass., contributed his second point of the day on an assist to senior midfielder Danny Amato.
The back-and-forth game was very physical. There were three cards given out throughout the game, including two straight red cards. An MIT defender stepped on the face of a Springfield player and was given a straight red. Springfield took advantage of this one-man advantage by scoring a goal to tie it up, but the advantage went away when Springfield College senior John Mankus got a red card as well. The penalty for a red card is an automatic ejection, and the player must sit out the next game as well. The yellow was given to Pride junior Drew Sommer. It was Sommer’s second yellow card of the year.
The Pride fought hard, but with nothing to show for it, they look forward to their next game. They play a non-conference game against Fitchburg State (6-5-5) on Wednesday night at Brock-Affleck Field. Due to the red card, they will be without Mankus. After that they’ll wrap up the season against Coast Guard, and then head into the NEWMAC Tournament.