Boston, Mass. - September 25, 2018 - Senior forward Christian Schneider (Douglas, Mass.) scored his third goal of the year just 3:36 into the first overtime period as the Springfield College men's soccer team defeated Wentworth, 2-1, in non-conference play at Sweeney Field on a rainy Tuesday night.
With the win, the Pride is now 6-3 overall, while the Leopards fall to 5-4-1 on the year. Springfield College held a 21-14 shot advantage over the course of the game, while the Pride was also awarded seven corner kicks to the Leopards' four.
In net, senior goalkeeper Stewart Frank (Pittsford, N.Y.) had three saves, while his counterpart, Matthew Sekerak (Winthrop, Maine) was put to the test, but made nine stops in the setback.
Springfield College got the first shot on goal when Sekerak turned away a bid from Brad Deckel (Lansdale, Pa.) in the second minute of the game, before the Leopards countered with a pair of shots on goal just 40 seconds apart in the 15th minute, but Frank came up with back-to-back saves to keep Wentworth off the scoreboard.
The Pride got on the board first, as Jack Rosenberg (Simsbury, Conn.) set up Emmanuel Agyemang (East Hartford, Conn.) for his second goal of the season with 15:52 to play in the first half, giving Springfield College a 1-0 lead. The two sides would only be able to muster up one more shot on goal prior to the end of the frame, as the maroon and white went into the break with a one-goal advantage.
Wentworth pulled even at one just 2:38 into the second half as Noah Martins (Dartmouth, Mass.) scored on a chance set up by Cameron Pacheco (Woburn, Mass.) to make it 1-1. The Pride would keep the pressure on the Leopards back line as it produced five shots on goal, which were all stopped by Sekerak, forcing a 1-1 tie at the end of regulation.
As it did for much of the contest, Springfield College had a majority of the posession in the first overtime period, stifling the minimal counters from the Wentworth attack. Just 3:30 into the period, Deckel sent a ball into the box from the right wing which took one bounce before Schneider re-directed the ball past Sekerak to lift the Pride to victory.
Springfield will return to action on Saturday, September 29 when the Pride hosts Clark in a rematch of the 2017 NEWMAC Championship Semifinals. The game is set to begin at 12 p.m.