Springfield, Mass. - September 2, 2016 - Freshman Elise Leavitt (Stratham, N.H.) scored her first-career goal, and junior Monique Marcelino (Farmington, Conn.) provided an insurance tally in the second half as the Springfield College women's soccer program picked up a 2-0 win over Westfield State to begin its 2016 campaign on Friday night at Brock-Affleck Field.
With the win, Springfield is off to a 1-0 start on the year, while the Owls are now 0-1. Springfield College posted 10 shots to Westfield State's six, while the Pride had four corner kicks to the Owls' one.
In between the pipes, junior goalkeeper Ciara Boucher (Manchester, Conn.) registered three saves and picked up her first win of the season, while her counterpart, Natalia Falcone (Sutton, Mass.) made two saves in the setback.
After back-and-forth play for much of the first half, Springfield finally busted open the tie when Leavitt took the ball in the middle of the field, dribbled past a Westfield State defender and fired a shot that floated over the out-stretched hands of Falcone, off the crossbar, and into the back of the net to make it 1-0, Pride.
Holding a majority of possession to begin the second half, Springfield got an insurance tally when Marcelino took control of the ball at the midfield, took a touch and blasted a shot off the crossbar and into the back of the net to make it 2-0, Pride, with 37:58 to play.
Despite a few late chances from Westfield State, the Pride was able to hold on to the shutout, escaping with a 2-0 win.
Springfield College will be back in action on Saturday, Sept. 3 when it will host Eastern Connecticut at 6:15 back on Brock-Affleck Field.