Springfield, Mass. - October 10, 2016 - Finding the back of the net three times in a span of 11:28 in the second half, the Springfield College men's soccer program remained unbeaten in 2016 as the Pride defeated Western New England University, 3-1, on Monday afternoon at Brock-Affleck Field.
With the win, Springfield College, which was ranked No. 5 in the last National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Division III men's soccer regional rankings, improves to 12-0-1 on the year. With the loss, Western New England is now 6-8.
With Monday's victory, the Pride remains as one of nine teams in Division III men's soccer that has not surrendered a loss in 2016. Additionally, Springfield College is one of five Division III men's soccer programs that has posted 12 or more wins on the year.
The Pride held a 19-11 advantage in shots over 90 minutes of play, while the Golden Bears were awarded four corner kicks to Springfield College's one. In net, senior goalkeeper Zach Richard (Millbury, Mass) made four stops while also registering a pair of assists, while for Western New England, Kevin Strobel (Rockland, Mass.) and Tyler Lavigne (Hopewell Junction, N.Y.) combined for six stops in the loss.
With 32:09 remaining in the contest, senior forward Luke Alvaro (Chicopee, Mass.) notched his 15th goal of the season when he pulled a loose ball out of a group of Western New England defenders, took a step to his left, and fired a shot into the left side of the netting to break the scoreless tie.
Just 2:45 later, Springfield College pushed its lead to a pair when Richard cleared a ball all the way into the Western New England defensive end, which was caugt up to and headed into the back of the net by junior defender Cam Powell (Housatonic, Mass.) to make it 2-0, Springfield College.
With just under 21 minutes to play in the contest, Richard cleared another ball into Western New England territory, but this time sophomore defender Brad Deckel (Lansdale, Pa.) was the first to the ball, as he one-touched the ball into the back of an empty net to make it 3-0, Pride, with 20:41 remaining.
On a quick counter, Logan Pingree (Middletown, Conn.) had the Golden Bears' best chance of the day when he got in behind the Springfield College back line and put a point-blank chance on cage, but Richard came up with a big save to keep Western New England off the board.
On the ensuing corner kick, Kory Caster (Wilbraham, Mass.) sent in a long cross to the back pipe, which was knocked in by Josh Loomis (Jefferson, N.J.) to get the Golden Bears their first goal of the game, and cut Western New England's deficit to two.
Up next, Springfield College will return to Brock-Affleck Field on Saturday, October 10 for a 12 p.m. match with New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) rival Babson College.