Springfield, Mass. - November 1, 2018 - Behind goals from Amanda Wright (Pittsfield, Mass.), Sara Swetland (Manchester, N.H.) and Kaleigh Dale (Mansfield, Conn.), the Springfield College women's soccer team defeated Emerson, 3-1, in the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Championship Semifinals on Thursday evening at Brock-Affleck Field.
With the win, the Pride advance to take on MIT in the NEWMAC Championship for the second-consecutive season, as Springfield College will travel to Cambridge, Mass. on Saturday, November 3 for the 1 p.m. match.
The maroon and white held a 21-10 shot advantage over 90 minutes of play, while the Pride was awarded seven corner kicks to the Lions' two. In net for Springfield, Jackie Davis (Ringoes, N.J.) made three stops, while Emerson's netminder Megan Rose (Danville, Calif.) made nine saves in the setback.
Springfield College jumped on the board just 2:38 into the contest when Swetland slipped a pass to Wright, who floated the ball over Rose and into the left side of the net to give the Pride a 1-0 advantage. Junior midfielder Sydney Wine (New Braintree, Mass.) would get a pair of shots on goal until she sent in a corner kick at the 30 minute mark which was collected by Swetland, who turned on a shot, but the Lions back line was able to block the attempt and clear the ball, going into the halftime break with a one-goal deficit.
The Pride added to its lead in the 60th minute when Dale forced a turnover at midfield, before making an incredible run into the Emerson box, before cutting back and firing a shot on cage while getting hauled to the ground. Rose was able to get a hand on the original attempt, but the rebound went right to Swetland, who hammered home her fifth goal of the season to give the maroon and white a 2-0 lead with 30:17 on the board.
Dale would pick up her 17th goal of the season in the 73rd minute following a corner kick from Wine, as the junior send in a high-arching cross, before the freshman jumped above her defender and headed a ball to the top left corner of the net, which snuck past Rose to make it 3-0, Pride, with 17:11 to play.
Emerson would get its lone goal of the game with 23 seconds remaining when Jess Frost (Palos Verdes Estates, Calif.) caught up to a ball that was sent into the box, before heading it over the outstretched hands of Davis to make it 3-1, but it wouldn't be enough, as the Pride escaped with the 3-1 win.