Springfield, Mass. - September 26, 2017 - The Springfield College women's soccer team recorded three goals in each half as the Pride defeated UMass Dartmouth, 6-1, in non-conference action on Tuesday night at Brock-Affleck Field.
With the win, Springfield College, which was receiving votes in the latest United Soccer Coaches Division III National Rankings, improves to 7-1 overall, while the Corsairs fall to 2-6-1 on the year. Springfield College held a 40-5 shot advantage over 90 minutes of play, while it was also awarded seven corner kicks in the win. The last time the Pride produced 40 shots in a 90 minute contest was when Springfield College defeated Mount Holyoke, 4-0, on October 29, 2010, and finished with 41 shots in the game.
In net for the Pride, Ciara Boucher (Manchester, Conn.) picked up her seventh win of the year and had a pair of saves, while Izzy Inglese (Wolcott, Conn.) came on for the final 10:20 to preserve the win. Their counterpart, Jaimee O'Brien (West Springfield, Mass.), finished with 11 stops for the Corsairs. Springfield College had six different goal scorers in the contest, as making her first career start for the Pride, sophomore midfielder Sydney Wine (New Braintree, Mass.) posted a pair of assists.
It took about halfway through the first half to break the scoreless tie, but Springfield College got on the board first with 20:38 to play in the stanza when Wine sent Mikaela Coady (Middletown, Conn.) in behind the Corsairs' back line, before the senior caught up to the ball and found the back of the net to make it 1-0, Pride.
Just 1:59 later, Springfield College took a 2-0 advantage over UMass Dartmouth when Monique Marcelino (Farmington, Conn.) sent one in behind the Corsairs' defense again, but this time it was Kim Quiles (Poughkeepsie, N.Y.) who caught up to the ball and fired one past O'Brien to make it 2-0, Pride.
Springfield College pushed its lead to three with 11:31 to play in the opening half when Gabrielle Fernandes (North Smithfield, R.I.) sent a corner to the top of the UMass Dartmouth box, before Renee Melisse (Marston Mills, Mass.) touched a pass to Sara Swetland (Manchester, N.H.), who with her back to the cage, turned and fired a shot that went into the right side of the net to give the Pride a 3-0 lead heading into the halftime break.
With 26:59 to play in the game, Marcelino picked up her third point of the day as the senior scored on a great shot unassisted, before Fernandes took another feed from Wine and drilled a left-footed shot past O'Brien to make it 5-0 with 17:47 on the clock.
The Pride continued rolling in the late stages of the game as Amanda Wright (Pittsfiled, Mass.) took the ball up the right flank before labeling the inside of the left post with a long shot to give Springfield College a 6-0 lead with 13:03 remaining. The Corsairs were able to get on the board with 5:42 to play as Cara Pimentel (Westport, Mass.) found Baily Dowling (Lakeville, Mass.) for her first goal of the season to make it 6-1, Pride.
Up next, Springfield College will resume New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) play when it travels to Mount Holyoke on Saturday, September 30 for a 12 p.m. start.