The Springfield College women’s soccer team showed why they are ranked 5th in the New England region, with a 2-1 victory over Endicott College. In front of their Springfield faithful at Schmid Field Tuesday night, the Pride improved to 5-1-1 on the season. Endicott fell to 2-5.
Being aggressive on attack right from kickoff, Springfield didn’t give their opponent much breathing room. Senior captain Jessica Miller made a great cross to Nicole Fowler early into the game as Fowler ripped one towards the net but an Endicott defender was able to block it away.
Springfield continued to use their quickness and smooth passing in order to wear down the Endicott defense. The maroon and white finally had their strong efforts pay off with just under seven minutes left in the first half. Sophomore Kimmy Quiles crossed a ball right inside the box where Dakota Kelly settled it and found freshman Amanda Wright who put it in the net.
It was not only a great moment for Springfield to capitalize on their opportunity, but exciting to see Wright score her first collegiate goal.
“It was great, a great strike, too,” said Head Coach John Gibson. “She’s shown a lot of promise, she’s incredibly fast and she’s tough.”
After Wright’s goal, the Pride took their momentum into halftime and came out with another great level of intensity. Midfielder Julia Cormier had a pair of corners early into the second half that gave the team good chances to find the net.
The first corner consisted of Nicole Fowler receiving the cross and heading it just high over the crossbar. Cormier then proceeded to try a different strategy as she made a smooth pass towards the middle of the box to Elizabeth Monsen, lofting a shot that went over the net. But, it was only a matter of minutes until Fowler found the ball wide open on the left side, where she drilled a shot that met the right corner of the net to give the Pride the 2-0 advantage.
Springfield remained aggressive offensively, but as the contest progressed, Endicott created a late surge to make things interesting. Endicott defender Brady Sezon saw the ball wide open in the middle of the box and found the net at the 5:23 mark to cut the deficit to one goal. Gibson praised Endicott for their effort.
“They’re a good team, they work hard, they have good players,” said Gibson. “They’re having a rough patch at the moment.”
Despite the strong effort from Endicott, the Pride did hold onto the win and looked like a very dangerous team to beat.
“I think we’re ahead of where we were last year,” said Gibson. “I think we’re more creative offensively.”
Springfield now dives head-first into conference play as they face a tough on-the-road game Saturday when they travel to rival MIT.