Springfield, Mass. - October 6, 2018 - The Springfield College men's soccer team scored three goals in the second half as the Pride defeated MIT, 3-1, in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) play on Saturday afternoon at Brock-Affleck Field.
With the win, the Pride has now won six of its last seven games and improves to 9-3 overall, with a conference record of 3-1, while the Engineers fall to 4-5-2 on the year with a record of 0-2-2 against league opponents. Springfield College held a 17-4 shot advantage over 90 minutes of play, including an 11-2 margin in the second half, as it was also awarded three corner kicks compared to MIT's two.
Springfield College received goals from Brad Deckel (Lansdale, Pa.), who netted his team-leading fifth of the season, while Keon Haji (Shrewsbury, Mass.) found the back of the net for the firts time this season. Additionally, freshman Joseph Olaynack (Middletown, R.I.) scored his first-career goal in the 69th minute to seal the win for the Pride. In net, Stewart Frank (Pittsford, N.Y.) made one save in the victory.
Springfield College had the first chance of the game when Christian Schneider (Douglas, Mass.) when the senior drove the left side of the field before sending a shot across the goal mouth, but the ball hit the right post and was cleared by the Engineers' defense. Just 2:58 later, the Pride had another chance to take an early lead when Deckel got hauled down inside the box, but Jordan was able to stuff the senior on his penalty-kick bid to keep the hosts at bay.
MIT got on the board in the 22nd minute when a Springfield College foul resulted in a direct free kick for the Engineers. Wesley Woo (Palo Alto, Calif.) took the kick, which was redirected by Peter Novoa (Omaha, Neb.), finding Logan McLaughlin (Park City, Utah) on the back post for his first goal of the season, giving MIT a 1-0 advantage.
The two sides would play back-and-forth, as the Engineers took a 1-0 lead into the break.
Springfield College pulled even just 9:36 into the second half when MIT committed a foul at the top of the box, allowing Deckel to bury a shot into the bottom left-corner of the net to make it 1-1, before the Pride took a 2-1 advantage just 36 seconds later when another Engineers' foul, this time inside the box, set up a penalty-kick strike from Haji, his first of the season.
The maroon and white continued to put the pressure on the MIT defense as it was awarded a corner in the 69th minute, which was sent in by Keith Dixon (Amherst, Mass.), before Olaynack rose up above the defenders and headed a ball into the top-right corner of the net for his first-career goal as a member of the Springfield College men's soccer team. Following Olaynack's goal, the Pride was able to commit to playing strong defense, as it held the Engineers to just two shots in the final 20 minutes of play.
Springfield College returns to action on Saturday, October 13 when it travels to Emerson for a 1 p.m. contest with the Lions.