Springfield, Mass. - September 24, 2016 - In a crucial New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) contest, the Springfield College men's soccer team prevailed over Emerson College, 5-0, on Saturday afternoon at Brock-Affleck Field.
With the win, Springfield College is now 6-0-1 overall and 1-0-1 in conference play, while the Lions are 2-5 on the year, and 0-2 in the NEWMAC.
Senior goalkeeper Zach Richard (Millbury, Mass.) picked up his sixth win of the year, as he made two stops over 0- minutes of play, while his counterpart, Lucas Fischer (Atlanta, Ga.) made seven stops in the loss. Springfield College held a 28-7 shot advantage over the course of the contest, as well as an 8-1 margin in corner kicks.
Springfield College got on the board just 8:14 into the contest when Christian Schneider (Douglas, Mass.) controlled the ball along the left flank and drove past his defender, before centering a pass to Luke Alvaro (Chicopee, Mass.), who was able to finish his chance inito the right side of the net to make it 1-0, Pride.
Springfield College added to its lead with 13:45 remaining in the half when Christian Steidle (Owego, N.Y.) played a ball in from the wing that was headed by an Emerson defender, but Taylor Gilfoy (Holliston, Mass.) got to the loose ball first and tucked a shot into the top left corner to make it 2-0, Pride.
Just 8:18 later, Springfield College would push its lead to three when Tim Wood (Derry, N.H.) got hauled down by the Emerson goalkeeper in the box, resulting in a penalty kick, in which the junior converted to make it 3-0 with 5:22 to play in the stanza.
Springfield College opened the second half with a goal just 2:00 in when Murphy found Alvaro in the Lions' defensive end with a nice through pass, which the senior turned on and found the back of the net for his second of the game to make it 4-0.
Just 1:16 later, an Emerson foul just outside of its own box resulted in a direct free kick for Murphy, who rung the right post, but Schneider was able to head the rebound into the back of the cage to make it 5-0 Springfield with 41:44 to play.
Up next, Springfield College will return to Brock-Affleck Field on Sunday, September 25 when it will host Keene State College at 12:30 p.m.