Springfield, Mass. - November 10, 2018 - Behind three goals from freshman midfielder Kaleigh Dale (Mansfield, Conn.) the Springfield College women's soccer team defeated John Jay College of Criminal Justice, 4-0, in the first round of the ECAC Championship Tournament, hosted at Brock-Affleck Field on Saturday.
With her three goals, Dale broke the Springfield College women's soccer program record for goals in a single season, as her mark of 20 goals in 2018 surpasses Angel Schofield's mark of 19 set in the 1992 season. Saturday's performance also marked the fourth time this season that Dale has netted three goals in a single game.
The Pride improved to 15-5-1 on the year and will advance to take on the winner of Wilkes University and Mount Saint Mary, as those two sides will play at 2 p.m.
Springfield College held a 25-0 shot advantage over 90 minutes of play, as the Pride was awarded six corner kicks to the Bloodhounds' one. In net, Izzy Inglese (Wolcott, Conn.) picked up the win without making a save, while her counterpart, Brittany Shaneberger (South Huntington, N.Y.) made five saves in the setback.
Dale opened the game with a pair of shots in the first 8:22 of the game, before Maddy Bonavita (Wilbraham, Mass.) put a bid on cage in the 14th minute that sailed just wide right of the cage. In the 18th minute, Springfield College looked to get on the board when Sydney Wine (New Braintree, Mass.) sent in a corner kick, but Dale's header chance went just wide of the cage to keep the game scoreless.
Dale eventually found the back of the net in the 33rd minute when she notched her 18th goal of the season, an unassisted strike that gave the Pride a 1-0 lead with 12:22 to play in the half. The maroon and white continued to apply the pressure on the Bloodhounds' back line, as Amanda Wright (Pittsfield, Mass.) had a pair of shots on goal in the late stages of the half, but Shaneberger was able to turn the chances aside, as the Pride went into the halftime break with a 1-0 lead.
Opening the second half, it took Springfield College just 3:58 to find the back of the net as Dale scored her second of the game off of a nice assist from Kinsey Colby (Redding, Conn.), before the freshman added her third of the game in the 58th minute to make it 3-0, Pride, with 32:02 remaining in the game.
Just 6:25 later, the maroon and white pushed its lead to four when Renee Melisse (Marston Mills, Mass.) found the back of the net for the first time in her career, an unassisted goal that made it 4-0, Springfield College, with 25:37 on the clock.
From there, the Pride was able to lock down defensively, sealing its 15th win of the year.