Coming into the game Springfield knew they were facing adversity, missing some key players others would have to step up. They did and the Pride took a 1-0 lead into halftime
In the second half, WPI came out with all the momentum tying the game then grabbing the lead and leaving Brock-Affleck Field with an important 2-1 victory over the Pride.
“I’m very disappointed that we didn’t play as well as we can, losing is one thing but when you don’t perform its more disappointing,” Springfield head coach John Gibson said.
Saturday afternoons game was Springfield’s final regular season game and senior day. The Pride honored six seniors, Nikki Kerr, Mackenzie Luiz, Shannon Anfuso, Syndey Wine, Renee Melisse, and Kellie Gambell were all reconginzed prior to the game.
Springfield was without senior captain defender Chrissy Conley on junior forward Sara Swetland among others.
First-year Annika Keck redirected a ball into the back of the net off a corner kick from Caitlin Bonavita with 23 minutes left in the second half was the game-winner for WPI. The kick from Bonavita was a strong one that curved to the left before Keck tapped it across the goal line.
Six minutes before that WPI tied the game at one after a back and forth play that lead to high bounce which junior Sofia Orrico fired a shot to the back left corner of the net off the bounce.
“They put pressure on us and we didn’t break it and come out under control,” Gibson said.
Springfield had taken the lead in the first half when sophomore Heather Jennato took a kick that went right to first-year Nicole Sweeney’s foot. Sweeney lunged as she took a shot that WPI goalkeeper Mandy St. Germain got a piece of but couldn’t keep it from going in the net.
WPI came out of the gate in the second half with a lot of momentum after Springfield had outplayed them in the first half.
“Today I thought we were the better team in the first half but we didnt take advantage of some the possession we had, in the second half I thought they had the better of the game probably deserved to win in the end,” Gibson said.