Springfield, Mass. - October 28, 2018 - The Springfield College women's soccer team finished the regular season on Sunday afternoon as the Pride defeated WPI, 1-0, behind a second-half goal from Amanda Wright (Pittsfield, Mass.), helping the Pride finish with an overall record of 12-4-1, with an 8-2 mark in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) play.
With the win, the Pride will be the No. 2 seed in the upcoming NEWMAC Championship Tournament and will host No. 7 Wheaton on Tuesday, October 30 on Brock-Affleck Field. The loss drops the Engineers to 11-5-2 overall and 5-3-2 against league opponents.
The Pride held a 12-11 shot advantage over 90 minutes of play, as the Engineers were awarded three corner kicks to the Pride's two. In net, Jackie Davis (Ringoes, N.J.) registered five saves in the win, while her counterpart, Gabriela Hoops (Stonington, Conn.) mad six stops in the setback.
WPI had a pair of shots on goal from Sofia Orrico (Bethel, Conn.) just over four minute into the contest, before Kellie Gambell (Middletown, Conn.) put a chance on cage 6:05 into the game, but her scoring bid was turned away by Hoops.
Wright had a pair of shots on goal in the 16th, and 20th minute respectively, while Ranya Basma (Shirley, Mass.) and Springfield's Maddy Bonavita (Wilbraham, Mass.) each had one before entering the halftime break in a scoreless tie.
Each team was able to get a shot off to open the second half before Springfield College finally got on the board when Wright evaded Hoops on a breakaway set up by Sara Swetland (Manchester, N.H.) and buried a chance in the open net to give the Pride a 1-0 lead just 10:46 into the second half. Swetland's helper marked the 10th of the season for the sophomore, as that ties a single-season program record, which is held by four other student-athletes.
From there, the Pride was able to utilize its depth and keep the Engineers' offense off the board for the remainder of regulation, resulting in the maroon and white's 12th win of the year.