Framingham, Mass. - October 3, 2017 - Behind goals from Dexter Tenn (South Windsor, Conn.) and Leland Malloy (Bethlehem, Conn.), the Springfield College men's soccer team defeated Framingham State, 2-0, in non-conference play on Tuesday afternoon at Maple Street Field.
With the win, Springfield College, which was No. 20 in the latest United Soccer Coaches Division III National Rankings, continues its best start in Division III program history and improves to 9-0 overall, while the Rams fall to 6-6 on the year. Entering the game, the Pride was one of three teams in all of Division III men's soccer to hold an 8-0-0 overall record. Springfield College held a 31-10 shot advantage over 90 minutes of play, and was awarded six corner kicks to the Rams' four.
In net for the Pride, junior goalkeeper Stewart Frank (Pittsford, N.Y.) made five stops in the first half before being relieved by Marvyn Dorchin (Belmont, Mass.), who held up the clean sheet with a pair of saves himself. Their counterpart, Corey Davidge (Blackstone, Mass.) played 67:55 and made 14 saves on the Pride, while Dennis Shaw (Accra, Ghana) came on for the final 22:05 and made four stops.
It took until the 31st minute for either side to break the scoreless tie, but with 14:21 to play in the first half, the Pride finally broke through as Curtis Bolduc (South Windsor, Conn.) sent a ball into the box, which was won by Tenn, who notched his first goal of the 2017 season to make it 1-0, Pride.
After coming out of the halftime break with a one-goal advantage, Malloy gave Springfield College a 2-0 lead as Danny Murphy (Old Saybrook, Conn.) sent a ball into the middle of the field, before the freshman forward laid out and headed a shot past Davidge for his first-career goal.
With Murphy's assist on Tuesday, the senior captain moved into second all-time in career assists, as he has now totaled 23 assists in the last three seasons. Murphy passed Brent Dillard '97, who totaled 22 assists in his career.
The Pride was able to fend off the Rams for the duration of play, escaping with a 2-0 win.
Up next, Springfield College will remain on the road, but return to New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) play when it travels to MIT for a 5 p.m. match in Cambridge on Saturday, October 7.