Williamstown, Mass. - September 4, 2019 - The Springfield College men's soccer team delivered a gritty 1-1 tie at Williams on Wednesday afternoon at Cole Field in non-conference action.
Competing for the first time in 2019, Williams moved to 0-0-1 on the season, while the Pride improved to 0-2-1. It marked the first result against the Ephs in Division III program history and the first since Springfield picked up a 1-0 win in 1989. Williams outshot the Pride 18-7 and the Ephs held a 7-2 advantage in corner kicks.
Clayton Knibbs (Madison, Conn.) made two saves in the opening 45 minutes of play before Chris Prizio (Trumbull, Conn.) came off the bench for the second half and overtime sessions to make three stops and keep the Ephs off the board.
Williams managed to fire eight shots on goal in the first half, and at 41:13 Williams defender Jules Oberg lofted a pass from 25 yards to a streaking Chris Fleischer on the left side of the box. Fleischer was able to head the ball past the outstretched arms of Knibbs for the game's first goal. Springfield would even things up in the 72nd minute on Aiden Casinghino's (Brimfield, Mass.) first collegiate goal. With Casinghino charging forward, Jack Rosenberg (Simsbury, Conn.) connected with the first-year's right foot as he drilled the shot just inside the right post. Springfield nearly went on top just over four minutes later on a bid from Will Lawson (Schenectady, N.Y.), only to have his header find the crossbar.
In the waning seconds of the second overtime, Williams defender Nick Ranieri's 30-plus yard bid off a direct kick with 1.5 seconds left on the clock eluded the grasp of Prizio and settled into the back of the net. However, the goal was disallowed because the ball had not crossed the goal line before the clock reached 0.0 seconds and the game concluded in a draw.
Springfield will next return to Brock-Affleck Field for a home-opener clash with Westfield State on Saturday afternoon at 12 pm.
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