Springfield, Mass. - September 23, 2017 - Despite a first-half goal from Dakota Kelly (Bethany, Conn.), the Springfield College women's soccer team could not find the back of the net in the second half and suffered its first loss of the season, a 2-1 decision to Emerson in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) play on Saturday afternoon at Brock-Affleck Field.
The Pride's six-game win streak to start the season was halted by the Lions, as Springfield College is now 6-1 on the year and 1-1 in NEWMAC play. Emerson improves to 2-4-1 overrall and 2-0 in league play. Springfield held a 14-6 shot advantage over the course of 90 minutes, while Ciara Boucher (Manchester, Conn.) finished with one save in the setback. Her counterpart, Mary Elizabeth Allen (Miami Shores, Fla.) notched four saves in the win.
The Lions opened the game's scoring just 2:29 into the contest when Paige Haley (San Diego, Calif.) came up with a loose ball deep in Spirngfield College's defensive end and tucked a shot past Boucher to give Emerson a 1-0 lead before the Pride knotted the game up just 58 seconds later when Nikki Kerr (Manchester, Conn.) ripped a shot on cage, which was initially saved by Elizabeth Allen, before Kelly pounced on the rebound and fired a shot into the back of the net to make it 1-1.
After back-and-forth play for the remainder of the first half, Emerson got a chance with less than a minute left as Haley sent a cross to the opposite side of the field which was caught up to by Jess Frost (Palos Verdes Estates, Calif.), before the junior beat her defender and tucked a shot past Boucher to make it 2-1, Lions, heading into the halftime break.
Just 9:52 into the second half, it looked as if Springfield College would even the score at two apiece as Mary Silva (Ludlow, Mass.) sent a great pass to Kim Quiles (Poughkeepsie, N.Y.), who hit a shot across the goal mouth, but the ball caromed off the post and was cleared by the Emerson defense to keep the Pride down one. Springfield College would press the Lions' cage for a majority of the second half, but strong play in net by Elizabeth Allen kept the Pride at bay and helped Emerson escape with the win.
Next up, Springfield College will return to Brock-Affleck Field on Tuesday, September 26 when it hosts UMass Dartmouth at 7 p.m.