By Tyler Browne
SPRINGFIELD — The Springfield College field hockey team defeated the Eastern Connecticut State Warriors 1-0, at Stagg Field on Tuesday. Emma Wesoloski scored the Pride’s only goal. It was a tough game for the Pride, despite the win. Warriors goalie Keira Integlia saved 22 of 23 shots on goal, and a lack of communication was noticed by coaches and players alike.
“I think this game will become a turning point for the rest of our season,” said head coach Melissa Sharpe.
Just four minutes into the game, Wesolski passed a corner shot to Morgan Bronk. Bronk passed it back to Wesoloski, who scored an easy goal, giving the Pride an early lead.
“It was definitely important to getting our team momentum and pushing forward,” said Wesoloski.
The bright spot of the night was definitely the defense. The Pride’s defensive players held the Warriors to just one shot on the goal, 50 minutes into the game, which was saved by goalie Elizabeth Morehouse.
“[I]n the second half, [the defense] kept it down on their end for most of the half, and that was really important for just our mental game,” said Wesoloski.
In addition to noting her team’s defense, Wesoloski praised Integlia’s stellar performance.
“[Integlia] definitely challenged our forwards, challenged our mids, and it was a great effort on her part.”
Despite the tough game, the Pride did come out with the victory, which brings their record to 5-1. However, Wesoloski acknowledged that the team will need to step up their game once conference play begins at the end of September.
The Pride returns to action on Saturday, when they will take on Elms at noon on Stagg Field.
“I think it’s safe to say you’ll see a different team on Saturday,” said Sharpe.
Featured photo courtesy Springfield College Athletics