South Hadley, Mass. - September 30, 2017 - For the first time since 2009, the Springfield College women's soccer team registered seven goals in a 90 minute contest as the Pride defeated Mount Holyoke, 7-0, in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) play on a rainy Saturday afternoon at the MHC Soccer Field.
Combined with the 6-1 win for Springfield College on Tuesday night over UMass Dartmouth, this marks the first time that the Pride has scored at least 13 goals in back-to-back games since the 2007 season when a 9-0 win over Elms on September 2, followed by a 5-0 win over Westfield State on September 5, gave Springfield College 14 goals combined.
With the win, the Pride improves to 8-1 on the year with a 2-1 mark in NEWMAC play, while Mount Holyoke falls to 2-7-1 overall and remains without a win in league play, now 0-3. Springfield College held a dominant 33-4 shot advantage and was also awarded eight corner kicks in the game.
In net for Springfield College, the trio of Ciara Boucher (Manchester, Conn.), Jackie Davis (Ringoes, N.J.) and Izzy Inglese (Wolcott, Conn.) combined for the shutout, while their counterpart, Amanda Manaster (Beverly Hills, Calif.) made 13 saves in the setback.
Springfield College's offensive prowess was led by freshman Sara Swetland (Manchester, N.H.), who scored twice to push her season total to six. Senior forward Mikaela Coady (Middletown, Conn.) and Mackenzie Luiz (Newington, Conn.) had three points apiece, while Aly Morell (New Britain, Conn.), Amanda Wright (Pittsfield, Mass.) and Gabrielle Fernandes (North Smithfield, R.I.) all found the back of the net once.
Just 10:31 into the contest, Coady set up Swetland for her first of the game, before the Pride took a 2-0 lead just 8:05 later when Coady added an unassisted strike for her fourth goal in her last five games. Springfield College pushed its advantage to three when Luiz scored with 12:01 to play in the half, before the sophomore set up Wright for her sixth of the season to make it 4-0, Pride, heading into the halftime break.
It didn't take long for Springfield College to take a 5-0 lead as Swetland scored her second of the game just 15:13 into the second period, before Fernandes gave the Pride a six-goal advantage when she notched her third marker of the year 7:54 later. Morell wrapped up the Pride's scoring with an unassisted goal in the 77th minute, the first of her career.
Springfield College will return home on Tuesday, October 3 when it will host Clark on Brock-Affleck Field at 7 p.m.