Springfield, Mass. - October 15, 2018 - The Springfield College men's soccer team used two second-half goals to erase a first-half deficit and defeated cross-town rival, Western New England, 2-1, at Brock-Affleck Field on Monday evening.
This marks the third-straight victory for the Pride over its cross-town rival, as Springfield College has now won five of the last seven meetings between the two sides.
With the win, the Pride has now won eight of its last nine games, including the last six to improve to 11-3 overall. The loss drops the Golden Bears to 9-5-2 on the year. Springfield College held an 18-5 shot advantage over 90 minutes of play, as it was also awarded seven corner kicks to Western New England's three. There were a total of 25 fouls in the contest, with 17 being credited to the Golden Bears.
In net, senior goalkeeper Stewart Frank (Pittsford, N.Y.) registered one save as he earned his 11th win of the season, while his counterpart, Dylan Husted (South Deerfield, Mass.) notched six stops in the setback. Senior Christian Schneider (Douglas, Mass.) scored the first goal for the maroon and white, pushing his season total to five, before Ian Zacharewicz (Stamford, Conn.) potted a penalty-kick late in the game to lift the Pride to victory. This marked just the second goal of Zacharewicz's career.
Western New England got on the board first when a shot from Brendan Claflin (Burlington, Mass.) was blocked, before Connor Prindle (Shelton, Conn.) picked up the rebound and tapped it to Charlie Argyle (Marshfield, Mass.), who fired a shot past Frank to give the Golden Bears an early 1-0 lead, just 7:57 into the match.
From there, it was all Springfield College, as the Pride locked down defensively, and was able to five-consecutive shots on the Western New England net before heading into the halftime break facing a 1-0 deficit.
Coming out in the second half, the maroon and white started to apply more pressure to the Golden Bears' net, as the Pride had four shots in the first 7:11 of the stanza, before Schneider was finally able to break through when he took advantage of a poor goal-kick off the foot of Husted, carried the ball to the top of the box and drilled a shot past the junior to even the score at one apiece.
With 19:26 remaining, Brad Deckel (Lansdale, Pa.) drove from the corner of the field to the top corner of the box before getting hauled down by a Western New England defender, resulting in a penalty kick for the Pride. Zacharewicz stepped up and hammered home his first of the season, giving the Pride a 2-1 advantage.
From there, Springfield College's defense locked down and was able to limit the visitors to just one shot in the final 14:49 of play, resulting in another come-from-behind victory for the maroon and white.
Up next, Springfield College will gear up for WPI in a cruicial New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) contest, which will be played at 12 p.m. on Brock-Affleck Field on Saturday, October 20.