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No. 13 MIT Holds Off Women's Soccer, 2-0, For NEWMAC Championship

No. 13 MIT Holds Off Women's Soccer, 2-0, For NEWMAC Championship

Cambridge, Mass. - November 5, 2017 - The Springfield College women's soccer team was defeated by MIT, 2-0, in the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Championship on Sunday afternoon at Steinbrenner Stadium on the campus of MIT.

The loss drops Springfield's record to 14-6-1 and the Pride will now await to find out its postseason fate on Monday.  The Engineers, who were ranked 13th in the country in the latest United Soccer Coaches National Poll, improve to 18-1-1 and earn an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Champoinship.

Springfield has had incredible consistency over the last decade as today marked the ninth time in the last 10 years that the Pride has appeared in the conference title game.  Playing MIT for the conference championship for the fourth time, the fourth-seeded Pride were unable to knock off the top-seed Engineers on their home turf.  MIT owned a 19-16 edge in shots for the game, while the Engineers took three of the game's five corner kicks. 

Ciara Boucher (Manchester, Conn.) was credited with nine saves for Springfield in the setback. 

MIT struck for the game's first goal in the 33rd minute when Emily Berzolla was taken down the box and awarded a penalty kick.  Berzolla then slotted home a shot into the left corner just under the outstretched arms of a diving Boucher for the eventual game winner.

The Engineers tacked on an insurance goal at the 62:38 mark after Olivia Struckman drove down the left side of the field before finding Amy Apostol along the endline.  Aposotol delivered a great centering pass to a streaking Montana Reilly, who got poked home hosts second goal of the game.

Springfield put forth a late push, finishing the second-half with 10 shots, with both Mikaela Coady (Middletown, Conn.) and Sara Swetland (Manchester, N.H.) each tallying four shots in the contest.