By: Jon Santer
Drew Sommer buried a pair of goals midway through the second half to separate the Springfield College men’s soccer team from Western Connecticut State University Sunday afternoon, en route to a 4-0 victory for the Pride at the Irv Schmid Sports Complex.
With the win, Springfield captured their second shutout victory of the weekend, and improved their record to 4-1, while the Colonials dropped to 2-3 overall.
Sommer, a junior defender from West Chester, P.A., doubled his season total for goals, and now leads the Pride with four.
“It’s definitely a team sport. I can’t do it alone out there,” said Sommer. “My teammates worked hard today to get me the ball. I was just happy I was able to finish for them. We work hard every day at practice and we are just trying to improve with every chance we get heading into league play.”
Although it was Sommer who finished off the Colonials, Ryan Malone’s goal in the fifth minute of the game got the Pride off to the start they were looking for.
Sophomore Tyler Allen struck a well-placed through ball directly to the feet of Malone, who streaked down the left side of the field and buried a shot past Western Connecticut goalkeeper Bobby Strevel.
“Having a goal after the first couple of minutes kind of got everyone’s energy going right away,” commented Malone, a local-product out of Chicopee, Mass. “Once our team starts scoring it’s hard to stop us because we find our rhythm and where we have to pressure the ball.”
Midway through the first half, the Pride threatened the Western Connecticut goal once again, this time off of a free-kick awarded to Springfield following a Colonial defender taking down forward A.J. Vico.
Although Vico was the one to be fouled, classmate Joe Labella lined up to take the kick, and delivered a picture-perfect ball right to the feet of freshman Jack Moran, who was able to knock it past Strevel, resulting in Moran’s first-career goal with the maroon and white.
“I told the boys before that today it was very important to get off to a fast start because we were playing a good team. They have scored nine goals in four games,” said head coach Steffen Siebert following the victory.“If we let them get in the game they would be in trouble, but the boys responded and we were able to get on them early and ultimately pull out a victory.”
With 21:37 remaining in the second half, the Pride extended their lead to three goals when senior captain Scott Saucier sent a through ball toward the net, and Sommer won a foot race with a Colonial defender to the ball, placing it past Strevel to put the Pride up 3-0.
Sommer tacked on the final goal of the game for Springfield when sophomore Michael Desroches crossed the ball into the middle of the box, and found the feet of senior Michael Fowler, who one-touched a pass to Sommer. Sommer, with a clear shot at the net, blasted a strike into the bottom right corner, extending the Pride’s lead to 4-0.
The Pride will enter NEWMAC play next Saturday when they travel to Norton, Mass. to take on the Wheaton Lyons. The game is tabbed to kickoff at 1 p.m.