Springfield’s Amanda Wright snuck behind Coast Guard’s line of defense multiple times throughout the Prides matchup with the Bears on Saturday. Wright was able to capitalize on those opportunities and scored two goals to lead Springfield to a 5-0 victory.
“They were holding a high line for defense. Elise (Leavitt), our holding midfielder, was looking over the top to send a ball to me or any of the forwards,” said Wright. “I just happened to be there at the right time to get in on goal.”
The win is the team’s first in the NEWMAC conference this season. The Pride came into the game 5-0 overall against out-of-conference opponents.
“We talked a lot about not letting up and how hard it is to say ‘We aren’t going to let up!’ but deep down you’re thinking ‘Ehhh we are not up for this’. But we were up for it today,” said Springfield head coach John Gibson. “I thought we played well. I think Coast Guard is a much improved team. Their weaknesses were our strengths. I just don’t think we were a good matchup for them.”
Mikaela Coady scored the first goal of the game when she corralled a pass from Dakota Kelly and put the ball into the left side of the net to put the Pride up, 1-0.
A little under 10 minutes later, Springfield struck again when Sara Swetland scored via a header off a crossing pass from Monique Marcelino.
The Pride were relentless on both sides of the field all game long. The offense produced 25 total shots while the defense only allowed 8. Only four of those eight shots were on net.
Wright scored her first goal of the game after she was sprung by a crisp pass from Mackenzie Luiz down the right side of the field at the 37:56 mark.
Springfield did not let up in the second half. Kim Quilles scored an unassisted goal into the right side of the net 66:30 into the game. Wright scored her second goal of the game nine minutes later to seal the 5-0 win.
Springfield is off to one of its best starts in program history. Wright is a junior and has been on two different iterations of the current team. She feels like the team’s mindset and game plan hasn’t changed at all.
“I think things are the same, but different at the same time,” said Wright. “We all work 100 percent and, like coach says, we are ‘Warrior Princesses’. The people on the bench have shields on the people starting and we push them to be better and the people behind us push us to be better. It shows up on the field.”
The Pride’s next game is against Lasell in Newton, Mass. at 4:00.