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Springfield women’s soccer drops contest to nationally ranked MIT

By Hayden Choate

SPRINGFIELD — The Springfield college women’s soccer team was shutout Saturday afternoon by No. 10 MIT in
NEWMAC action.

The rematch of last season’s NEWMAC championship ended in a 5-0 win, thanks to four goals
in the second half by MIT.

After one half, the engineers lead 1-0 off a goal that came on a foul kick. Senior Emily Berzolla
kicked the ball to the left of the Springfield wall made up of pride defenders finding sophomore
Emily Larson who one-touched it to sophomore Karenna Goff who finished the play with the

Both teams came out hard in the second half but after Goff’s second goal of the day it was all
MIT from there.

“Scoring early in the second half really made it a long road back for us,” said Springfield head
coach John Gibson.

Springfield was outshot in the game 31-9, 21 of the MIT shots coming in the second half.

“They’ve got really good players, they move the ball well and they create chances, they played
with pace, they take shots, they’re good.” Said Gibson.

Nine minutes after Goff’s second goal, senior Montana Reilly fired a shot from the top of the box
beating Springfield goalkeeper sophomore Bridget O’Connor to the right side and extending
MIT’s lead to 3-0.

MIT would net two more goals coming from Berzolla and Larson during a span of play where
the ball stayed on Springfield’s defensive half for a big chunk of time. In that span, MIT also hit
the crossbar four times and the post twice.

MIT who has given up only three goals all season earned their 15th shutout of the season
Saturday afternoon at home.

Springfield came into the game second in the NEWMAC standings with MIT being #1. The
Pride are now 6-2 on the season in conference play and travel to Wheaton on Tuesday before
finishing the season next Saturday at home against WPI.

Said Gibson, “We need to win them both, I was telling them it doesn’t matter what happens to us,
it’s how we deal with it. So we’re going to have to deal with this and bounce back.”
Featured photo courtesy Jack Margaros

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