Boston, Mass. - September 22, 2018 - Senior forward Amanda Wright (Pittsfield, Mass.) and sophomore forward Sara Swetland (Manchester, N.H.) both scored in the second half, lifting the Springfield College women's soccer team to a 2-1 win over Emerson in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) play at Rotch Field on Saturday afternoon.
With the win, the Pride, which was receiving votes in the d3soccer.com National Rankings, improves to 6-1-1 on the year with a 2-0 mark in conference play. The loss drops the Lions to 4-4 overall with a 1-1 record against league opponents.
Springfield College held a 17-11 shot advantage over 90 minutes of play, while Emerson was awarded five corner kicks to the Pride's one. Emerson committed 12 fouls throughout the course of the game, as Springfield College limited itself to four. In net, Izzy Inglese (Wolcott, Conn.) got the nod and made six saves in the win. Her counterpart, Megan Rose (Danville, Calif.) made nine stops in her third setback of the year.
Following a corner kick from Jess Frost (Palos Verdes Estates, Calif.) just 2:56 into the contest, Kayla McNamara (Sunrise, Fla.) tucked a shot past Inglese to give Emerson an early 1-0 lead. From there, Emerson continued to apply the pressure, as Inglese was forced to make two-consecutive saves in the first 12:13.
Springfield had its first shot on goal in the 21st minute as Rose turned away a bid from Kaleigh Dale (Mansfield, Conn.), as the freshman midfielder had another in the 30th. Coming out in the second half, Springfield College jumped on the scoreboard when Alyana Sosa (Naugatuck, Conn.) set up Wright for her team-leading sixth goal of the year just 2:57 into the frame.
Following a foul on Emerson in the box, Swetland converted a penalty kick to give the Pride a 2-1 lead with 27:49 to play. Just 5:02 later, Springfield College looked to push its lead to two when Sydney Wine (New Braintree, Mass.) drilled the crossbar on a direct-free kick following a yellow card from Elizabeth Noble (Long Beach, Calif.), but the Lions were able to clear the ball and keep it a one-goal game.
That margin would hold for the remainder of the contest, as the Pride earned its sixth win of the year.
Up next, the Pride will return to Brock-Affleck Field on Saturday, September 29 when it takes on Mount Holyoke. The match is set to begin at 3 p.m.