Springfield, Mass. - October 13, 2017 - The Springfield College women's soccer team picked up four goals in the first half en route to a 4-1 victory over Ohio Wesleyan University in non-conference action on Friday evening at Brock-Affleck Field.
Springfield College, which was receiving votes in the United Soccer Coaches Division III National Rankings for the fourth-consecutive week coming into the contest, improves to 11-2-0 on the year, while the Battling Bishops fall to 6-5-2 overall.
Ohio Welseyan, a Division III opponent from the North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC), is headed by former standout women's soccer student-athlete at Springfield College, Nicole (Hanewich) Ross, who played for the Pride from 2005 to 2008, before returning as a graduate assistant coach for John Gibson, earning a Master's degree in 2010. Hanewich left the Pride No. 2 all time in career points (92), No. 3 all time in career assists (20) and No. 3 all time in career goals (36).
In net for the Pride, Ciara Boucher (Manchester, Conn.) picked up her 11th win of the year as she made five stops in 90 minutes of play, while her counterpart, Mackenzie Brunke (Lewis Center, Ohio), made 12 stops for the Battling Bishops in the setback. The Pride owned a 25-8 shot advantage in the victory, while it was also awarded five corner kicks.
Springfield College got on the board just 13:10 into the contest when Kim Quiles (Poughkeepsie, N.Y.) broke down the right side of the field before sending a cross to the center of the goal mouth, which Mikaela Coady (Middletown, Conn.) got to first and knocked past Brunke to make it 1-0, Pride. Just 21 seconds later, Coady found the back of the net again as Gabrielle Fernandes (North Smithfield, R.I.) played a ball into the box, which Coady caught up to first and snuck into the bottom right corner of the net to make it 2-0 Springfield College.
Junior Amanda Wright (Pittsfield, Mass.) pushed the Pride's lead to three with 12:10 to play as she picked up the ball just past midfield and broke towards goal before evading Brunke and tucking a shot into the back of the net to make it 3-0. Springfield College capped off its first-half scoring when Mackenzie Luiz (Newington, Conn.) fired one on cage, which was saved by Brunke, but Brinsley Chasse (Veazie, Maine) jumped on the loose rebound and found the back of the net to make it 4-0 with 1:44 to play in the half.
Although the Pride kept the pressure on throughout the second half, the Battling Bishops were able to cut their deficit to three with 8:15 remaining when Ashley Smiley (Delaware, Ohio) broke loose along the right side of the cage before slotting her sixth goal of the season to make it 4-1.
From there, Springfield College was able to cruise to the 4-1 victory.
Up next, the Pride will return to Brock-Affleck Field on Sunday, October 15 when it will host No. 4 Williams College at 12 p.m. Springfield College will be playing the contest versus the Ephs in an effort to raise Breast Cancer awareness.