By Kevin Saxe
WILLIAMSTOWN — Coming off a 3-0 win at Coast Guard yesterday the Springfield College women’s soccer team fell for the first time on the season as they dropped a 1-0 non-conference decision at Williams College, who is the defending champion and No. 1 team in the women’s soccer national polls. This marks the second year in a row the Pride fell to the Ephs by a 1-0 score.
Senior goalie Jackie Davis, who took the loss in net, was busy early and often as she made nine saves in the loss. Within 6:45 into the first half Davis was forced to make two saves off the foot of Williams sophomore Sydney Jones. The Pride who were outshot 16-7 including 10-2 in shots on goal only managed one shot on goal in the first half from senior Amanda Wright. Despite Williams having the advantage in possession and shots, Davis and Springfield’s defense hung tough and entered the half with the game scoreless.
The decisive goal came in the 51st minute when Williams, Sarah Kelly sent a ball into the box and it was finished by Victoria Laino to give the Ephs a lead they wouldn’t relinquish. For the Pride the second half played out much like the first half as the defense bent but didn’t break. Davis made a number of saves to keep the Pride in it however the offense could not generate the necessary chances they needed.
Despite the Pride losing for the first time this season there were still some positives to takeout of this game. The top thing for the Pride was the play of Davis in net. Making nine saves in net even after Williams scored she kept the Pride in the match against the defending national champions. Williams is really good. The Ephs are number one and defending champions for a reason. They can defend well, they have solid goalkeeping when needed and they are extremely deep offensively. For the Pride however, they battled one of the best teams in the country despite the result not going their way.
For Williams who improved to 5-0 (3-0 NESCAC) they return to NESCAC play on Saturday at noon on the road at Amherst College. Meanwhile for the Pride who dropped to 5-1-1 (1-0 NEWMAC) they return to NEWMAC conference play on Saturday with a 1 p.m. start in Boston at Emerson College.
Featured photo courtesy of Springfield College Athletics