Waltham, Mass. - September 5, 2018 - The Springfield College men's soccer team fell to nationally-ranked Brandeis, 2-0, at Gordon Field on Wednesday evening. With the loss, the Pride is now 2-1 on the year, while Brandeis improves to 2-1 overall. Coming into the contest, Brandeis was ranked No. 4 in the United Soccer Coaches Division III National Rankings.
In a defensive affair, the Judges held a 10-8 shot advantage over 90 minutes of play, while the hosts were awarded eight corner kicks to the Pride's two. In net, Stewart Frank (Pittsford, N.Y.) made two stops in the setback, while Brandeis starter Greg Irwin (Passaic, N.J.) finished with a pair of saves in his second win of the year.
It was a back-and-forth first half for both sides, as Springfield College had its best opportunity in the 30th minute when Freddy Clark (Glastonbury, Conn.) broke loose along the left side, but Irwin charged out of his net and broke the play up to keep the Pride at bay.
Brandeis struck in the 55th minute when Bryant Nardizzi (Framingham, Mass.) controlled a loose ball in the box and fired a shot into the open net, before the Judges tacked on some insurance in the 87th minute when Stephen DePietto (Westbury, N.Y.) drilled home a shot from the top of the box to seal the 2-0 victory.
Springfield College will travel to Westfield State for a non-conference tilt on Saturday, September 8. The match is set to begin at 12 p.m.