Westminster, Md. - November 23, 2019 - The Springfield College women's soccer team secured a spot in the ECAC Championship game after beating Muhlenberg College, 2-1, on Saturday afternoon at the Green Terror Soccer Complex.
Springfield College, the No. 2 seed in the tournament, adds another win to their record at 14-6-3 overall on the season. Muhlenberg's 2019 campaign comes to a close with a record of 10-7-2. Springfield defended the Muhls with Caitlin Normoyle (Springfield, Mass.) finishing the match with six saves. The Muhls outshot the Pride 18-14.
Springfield struck early in the half with Kaleigh Dale (Mansfield, Conn.) nailed an unassisted strike to give the Pride a 1-0 lead just six minutes into the half. From there, the Pride controlled possession through the half with the one goal advantage, limiting the Muhls without a shot on frame. At the 44:12 mark, Dale would look to double the Pride's lead with another shot, but the Muhls' Libby Juliano swiped the bid away to keep the Pride's advantage to just 1-0 going into the half.
In the second half, the Muhls came out aggressive to even the game at 1-1. At 60:41, the Muhls got their chance as Carly Chaffer ripped a shot towards the crossbar, but Normoyle leaped to punch it out. At 66:55, Dale set up Renee Melisse (Martston Mills, Mass.) with a through ball that then was delivered to Sara Swetland (Manchester, N.H.), who stung the top left corner from just outside the box to give the Pride a 2-0 advantage. Later, Muhlenberg was able to slim the deficit to 2-1 with a goal by Shaffer assisted by Alexandra Chrinkin. The Muhls kept themselves in it with strong opportunities, but both were turned away by Normoyle. At 83:21, both teams filled up the box in a scrum and the Muhls came out with a shot that would have tied the contest, but Normoyle made a quick move to slap it away to preserve the Pride's hopes to advance to the championship round.
Springfield College will face McDaniel College tomorrow, November 24, in the ECAC Championship at at 12 pm.
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