Worcester, Mass. - October 3, 2018 - Freshman midfielder Kaleigh Dale (Mansfield, Conn.) found the back of the net three times for the second-time in her career as the Springfield College women's soccer team defeated Clark University, 4-2, in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) play on Wednesday night at Granger Field.
With the win, the Pride improves to 8-1-1 through its first 10 games, and possesses a 4-0 record in conference play. Clark drops to 6-3-1 on the year and 2-2 against league opponents. In net for the Pride, Izzy Inglese (Wolcott, Conn.) picked up her third win of the year as she made four stops while her counterpart, Julianna Christy (Plainville, Conn.) made eight saves in the setback.
Over 90 minutes of play, Springfield College held a 20-9 shot advantage, while the hosts were granted 12 corner kicks compared to the Pride's nine.
It was back-and-forth play for the first 20 minutes of the game as Springfield College had a pair of shots on goal from Dale and Sara Swetland (Manchester, N.H.), before Dale notched her first goal of the evening, which was set up by junior defender Chrissy Conley (East Providence, R.I.) in the 28th minute to give the Pride a 1-0 advantage.
With 4:55 remaining, Clark evened the score at one apiece when Jamie Joseph (Cazenovia. N.Y.) assisted a goal from Danielle Blaack (Middleboro, Mass.) off of a direct-free kick, sending the game into halftime as a 1-1 tie.
Opening the second half, Dale buried her second goal of the game off of a rebound that was produced off of a scoring chance from Mackenzie Luiz (Newington, Conn.) just 11:59 into the frame to give the Pride a 2-1 advantage. In the 75th minute, Dale struck for the third time as she beat Christy one-on-one in the 75th minute to grant Springfield College a two-goal advantage.
The Cougars struck 1:15 later to pull back to within one, but Luiz sealed the game just 32 seconds after that as Heather Jennato (Hookset, N.H.) assisted set the junior up for a goal that made it 4-2, a lead in which the Pride would carry for the remainder of regulation.
Springfield College will return to action on Saturday, October 6 when it returns to Brock-Affleck Field to take on Wellesley at 3 p.m.