By Hayden Choate
SPRINGFIELD — The Springfield College Women’s Soccer team came into Saturdays NEWMAC action against Emerson in a tough spot. They had lost their last two games and had been outscored 6-1 by Wesleyan and Coast Guard.
However, the Pride earned their first come-back win of the season over Emerson 2-1 at Brock-Affleck Field. Freshman Adalia Malick’s goal with 24:43 left in the second half stood as the game-winner giving Springfield their first conference win of the season. Malick, raced by an Emerson defender making a move to the right finding space before launching a shot that beat Emerson goalkeeper Megan Rose to the left side.
Springfield trailed for most of the game after Alexa Ingersoll powered through three Springfield defenders on her way to put Emerson on the board with 17:37 left in the first half. This was the fourth straight game for the Pride where the opposing team has scored the first goal in the first half.
After the Emerson goal, both teams went back and forth playing very well defensively and limiting each others chances to score. It wasn’t until 33:21 left in the second half when momentum shifted in Springfield’s favor and stayed that way.
Sophomore Kinsey Colby made a great cross looking for Junior Sara Swetland, the cross was deflected off the head of an Emerson defender giving the ball more altitude and going over the Emerson goalkeeper Megan Rose, tying the game at 1-1.
“We needed that break, it was a lucky break it was deflected. We need that break to get us back in there” said Springfield head coach John Gibson.
The Pride took immediate advantage of the lucky break and looked to break the tie. Six minutes before Malick’s goal, Freshman Kellie Smith hit the left post.
The play was set up by Swetland who sent Smith on a great pass. Smith faked as if she was going to go one way then touched the ball and went the other way. She took a shot that beat Rose and looked as if it was rolling in but it hit the left post and came right back into play.
Once the Pride had the 2-1 lead they dominated play for the rest of the game breaking their two-game losing streak. Springfield’s offense scored two goals in a game for the first time since beating Umass-Dartmouth 9-0 on Sept. 12.
Springfield who is used to taking a lot of shots on net only had seven, while Emerson only had two. Gibson said, “They played low pressure and they defended well in depth so they don’t give up a lot of shooting opportunities.”
The Pride are now 1-1 in NEWMAC action and 5-2-1 overall on the season. They now travel to Castleton (5-4) on Tuesday for a non-conference game before traveling to Mount Holyoke for NEWMAC action next Saturday.
Springfield felt good about getting back in the win column after two straight losses.“We needed this to remind our-selves we’re a good team.” said Gibson.
Featured photo courtesy Jack Margaros