Springfield, Mass. - October 15, 2017 - The Springfield College women's soccer team fell for just the third time this season as it dropped a 1-0 decision to nationally-ranked Williams College on Sunday afternoon at Brock-Affleck Field.
With the loss, Springfield College, which was receiving votes in the latest United Soccer Coaches National Rankings, is now 11-3-0, while Williams, ranked No. 4 in Division III coming into Sunday's contest, improves to 12-0-1
In net for the Pride, Ciara Boucher (Manchester, Conn.) was phenomenal as she made a pair of great saves to stifle the Williams offensive attack, while her counterpart, Olivia Barnhill (New York, N.Y.) made three stops for the Ephs. Springfield College held a 7-5 shot advantage over 90 minutes of play, while Williams was awarded four corner kicks to the Pride's two.
Williams College had its best opportunity of the first half with 26:30 to play in the stanza, when Springfield College committed a penalty in its own box, leading to a penalty kick for the Ephs. Stepping up to take it was Evan Gancedo (Pasadena, Calif.), who went to her left, but Boucher came up with an incredible diving save to keep Williams off the board.
The remainder of the first half was back-and-forth play, as the Pride went into the break holding a 5-1 advantage in shots, including a pair on cage.
Just 5:29 into the second half, Williams looked to have another opportunity to take a one-goal lead when Sarah Scire (Wyckoff, N.J.) snuck behind the Pride's back line, but Boucher made another point-blank stop to keep the game scoreless, as the Springfield College defense was able to clear away the loose ball.
The Ephs finally broke through in the 71st minute as Liz Webber (Natick, Mass.) sent a long ball into the Pride's defensive end, which was caught up to by Sydney Jones (Boca Raton, Fla.) and rolled past Boucher for Williams' first goal of the game.
Applying pressure on the Ephs' cage late, Springfield College's best chance of the game came with 5:57 remaining as Gabrielle Fernandes (North Smithfield, R.I.) turned on a ball that tipped off the shoulder of a Williams' defender, but Barnhill was able to extend her arm and get a hand on the bid, tipping it just above the cross bar.
Springfield College was unable to find the back of the net despite a flurry of late chances, ending the one-goal setback after 90 minutes.
Next, Springfield College will hit the road when it takes on Smith College in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) play on Tuesday, October 17 at 4 p.m.