Wellesley, Mass. - October 29, 2016 - Junior midfielder Dakota Kelly (Bethany, Conn.) scored her second goal of the season with 14:41 remaining in the first half to lead the Springfield College women's soccer team to a 1-0 win over Wellesley College in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) play on Saturday afternoon.
With the win, Springfield College finishes the regular season with an overall record of 10-4-3, and a 5-2-3 mark in NEWMAC play, while the Blue are now 7-9-1 on the year, and 4-5-1 in the league. The Blue held a narrow 8-7 shot advantage over 90 minutes of play, while each side possessed three corner kicks.
In net, junior goalkeeper Ciara Boucher (Manchester, Conn.) posted four saves to pick up her ninth win of the season, while her counterpart, Olivia Reckley (Grosse Ile, Mich.) made one save in the defeat.
With just under 15 minutes remaining in the first half, Kelly found the back of the net on an assist from freshman Gabrielle Fernandes (North Smithfield, R.I.) to give the Pride a 1-0 first-half lead.
With 6:23 remaining in the game, it looked as if Springfield College was going to push its lead to a pair when Mikaela Coady (Middletown, Conn.) put a chance on cage, but a defensive save by Wellesley's Gen Crotty (Toronto, Ontario, Canada) kept the Pride at bay.
Up next, the four-time defending NEWMAC Champion Springfield College women's soccer program will compete in the Quarterfinal round of the conference tournament on Tuesday, November 1.