Springfield, Mass. - November 11, 2018 - The Springfield College women's soccer team fell to Wilkes University in the Second Round of the ECAC Championship Tournament, 1-0, on Sunday afternoon at Brock-Affleck Field. With the loss, the Pride's season comes to a close at 15-6-1.
With the win, Wilkes improves to 11-7-2 and advances to the ECAC Championship Weekend, which will be play on Saturday, November 17 and Sunday, November 18.
Springfield College held an 11-10 shot advantage over 90 minutes of play, while each side had two corner kicks apiece. Senior goalkeeper Izzy Inglese (Wolcott, Conn.) made six saves in the setback, while her counterpart Samantha Cecere (Batavia, N.Y.) finished the game with four saves and picked up her seventh win of the year.
Springfield College had the first scoring chance of the game as Aly Morell (New Britain, Conn.) sent a ball past the Wilkes back line, which was caught up to by Kaleigh Dale (Mansfield, Conn.), but a great defensive effort from the Colonels stifled the freshman's scoring chance, keeping the game scoreless.
Wilkes got on the board first in the 21st minute when Nicolette Towlen (Ewing, N.J.) ripped a shot on Inglese, which was stopped, but the senior regained possession of the ball and knocked it into the back of the net to give the Colonels a 1-0 lead with 24:57 to play in the half.
Springfield College looked to even the score in the 39th minute as Dale drew a foul just outside the Colonels' box, before the freshman midfielder drilled a shot on net, which was blocked, but Sydney Wine (New Braintree, Mass.) picked up the ball and put a bid on cage, which sailed just right of the net. Wilkes would carry a 1-0 lead into the halftime break.
The Pride had a chance to even the score in the 61st minute, as Dale cut to the top of the box and put another shot towards cage, but Cecere made the stop to keep the Pride at bay.
From there, Wilkes was able to keep the Pride's offensive chances limited, resulting in a victory for the Colonels.