Springfield, Mass. - November 17, 2019 - The Springfield College women's soccer team squeezed out a 3-2 victory in double overtime over FDU-Florham in the ECAC Championship Quarterfinal at Brock-Affleck Field on Sunday afternoon.
With the win, the Pride now are 13-6-3 and will advance to the semifinals of the ECAC Championship Tournament. FDU-Florham closes out their year at 13-8-1. Springfield's offense rattled off 27 shots in the match.
Just 2:44 into the first half, the Pride jumped out to a 1-0 lead after Sara Swetland (Manchester, N.H.) dangled through the box and lofted in a shot for Springfield. For the most of the half, Springfield controlled possession and cleared the ball out of the box away from the Devils attack. The Devils continued to press the Pride defense with seven shots in the first period. At 20:37, the Devils received their first chance on goal as Nathalia Gallo ripped towards the bottom post, but Caitlin Normoyle (Springfield, Mass.) made an athletic stop to keep the lead at 1-0 for Springfield. At 38:49, Stephanie Corea found herself in pass off a corner kick and redirected the ball past Normoyle to tie the game at 1-1, just before halftime.
In the 60th-minute, the Pride took back the 2-1 lead as Kellie Gambell (Middletown, Conn.) got tripped, but still managed to find Swetland for the chip shot above Ashley Paulino. Later, a 63:44, FDU-Florham was awarded a penalty kick and Gallo dropped it in for the 2-2 equalizer. From there, Springfield continued to attack the Devils, but were stopped by Paulino, which forced overtime.
In overtime, the Pride dominated the majority of the period with Kellie Smith (Marshfield, Mass.) ripping off three shots, two with game-winning potential. In the last seconds of overtime, Normoyle made an initial save on corner, but Madeline Finnegan rebounded the deflection looking to end the game, but Sydney Wine (New Braintree, Mass.) made a relentless effort to boot it out, forcing a second overtime.
Again, Smith received several chances to close the game in the early minutes of the period, but Paulino cleaned them up. Finally, in the 108th-minute, Smith came speeding in from the left box and powered in a rebound which proved to be the deciding goal in double overtime.
The Pride will now face up against Muhlenberg College in the ECAC Semifinal next Saturday, November 23 at 2 pm at McDaniel College.
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