Springfield, Mass. - October 10, 2017 - The Springfield College women's soccer team fell for just the second time this season, as the Pride dropped a 2-1 decision to Babson College in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) play on Tuesday afternoon at Brock-Affleck Field.
With the loss, Springfield College, which for the fourth-consecutive week was receiving votes in the United Soccer Coaches Division III National Rankings, falls to 10-2-0 on the year with a 4-2-0 mark in the NEWMAC. With the win, Babson is now 5-6-2 on the year and 2-1-2 against conference opponents. Over the course of 90 minutes, Springfield College held a 14-10 shot advantage, including a 9-4 edge in the second half. The Pride was also awarded a pair of corner kicks while the Beavers' had three.
For Springfield College, senior goalkeeper Ciara Boucher (Manchester, Conn.) made three stops in thet setback, while her counterpart, Maddison Gierschick (Hopkinton, Mass.) made six stops on the afternoon.
Babson struck first just 7:50 in when Emma Dineen (Hinsdale, Ill.) picked up a loose ball on the left side of the field before drilling the top right corner of the net to give the Beavers a 1-0 lead early on. With 11:41 to play in the half, Springfield College looked to pull even when Amanda Wright (Pittsfield, Mass.) was able to get a shot off from the top of the box, but the ball sailed just wide, holding the Pride off the scoreboard. The Pride had the final chance of the first half when Kim Quiles (Poughkeepsie, N.Y.) made a great run from the midfield before ripping a shot on the cage, but the bid was stopped by Gierschick to keep Springfield College at bay.
The Beavers opened the second half much like it did the first, as Kathryn Clark (Cape Elizabeth, Maine) sent a through ball to Jessica Fernandes (Pawtucket, R.I.), who carried the ball down the right side before sliding a pass to Dineen, who was able to convert for her second marker of the day with 36:06 to play in the game.
Just 6:41 later, Springfield College pulled even as Gabrielle Fernandes (North Smithfield, R.I.) played a corner into Quiles, who took one step up field and fired one at the cage, which was tipped by Gierschick, but the ball carried into the top right corner of the net to make it 2-1, Babson, with 29:35 on the clock.
Springfield College put the pressure on the Babson cage late in the contest, as it put three shots on goal in the final 14:40, including two from Quiles, but Gierschick held tough, sealing the victory for the Beavers.
Up next, Springfield College will return to Brock-Affleck Field on Friday, October 13 when it will host Ohio Wesleyan at 7 p.m.