Springfield, Mass. - October 22, 2016 - The Springfield College women's soccer team held a 17-13 shot advantage over 110 minutes of play, but fought to a scoreless tie with WPI in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) play on Saturday afternoon at Brock-Affleck Field.
With the draw, the Pride is now 8-4-3 on the year with a 4-2-3 mark in conference, while the Engineers, which were ranked No. 9 in the first NCAA Division III women's soccer regional rankings of the fall, are now 12-2-2 overall and 6-1-1 in the NEWMAC.
In net, senior goalkeeper Brooke Fairman (Huntington, Mass.) earned the start and made one save over 45 minutes of play, while junior Ciara Boucher (Manchester, Conn.) came on at halftime and also made one stop over 65:00 of play to keep the Engineers at bay. For WPI, sophomore goalkeeper Gabi Hoops (Stonington, Conn.) posted five saves in the tie.
Springfield College held an 8-5 advantage after 45 minutes of play, and controlled most of the play in the first stanza. The Pride almost struck in the opening minutes of the game when junior forward Kim Quiles (Poughkeepsie, N.Y.) put a header on cage, but Hoops was able to control the shot to keep the Pride off the scoreboard.
In the final minutes of the second overtime period, both sides were given chances, as a ball sent into the box by Dakota Kelly (Bethany, Conn.) was tipped by Amanda Wright (Pittsfield, Mass.) and the ball rolled between Hoops' legs and towards the empty net, but Karina Larson (Storrs, Conn.) was able to catch up to the ball and clear it before it crossed the goal mouth.
With under 10 seconds to play, a Springfield College foul resulted in a direct free kick for the Engineers just outside the box. As the ball was played in, Jane Bingel (Wrentham, Mass.) had two chances on net but the Pride's stout defense held tough and blocked both shots.
Up next, Springfield College will travel to take on Roger Williams in non-conference play on Wednesday, October 26 at 7 p.m.