Women's Soccer Cruises to Season-Opening Win Over Westfield State in Overtime

Women's Soccer Cruises to Season-Opening Win Over Westfield State in Overtime

Springfield, Mass. - September 1, 2017 - Freshman forward Sara Swetland (Manchester, N.H.) took full advantage of her first collegiate soccer game, as the first year buried a shot just 4:36 into overtime to lift the Springfield College women's soccer team to a 1-0 win over Westfield State on Friday evening at Brock-Affleck Field.

With the win, the Pride is now unbeaten in its last seven season-opening games as it improves to 1-0 on the year. With the loss, the Owls are now 0-1. Springfield College held a 16-11 shot advantage in the victory, while also holding a 6-3 margin in corner kicks.

For the Pride, Ciara Boucher (Manchester, Conn.) was solid in net, as she recorded six saves in the win. Her counterpart, Natalia Falcone (Sutton, Mass.), made five stops and took the loss.

After back-and-forth play to begin the game, Springfield got a pair of chances as Amanda Wright (Pittsfield, Mass.) and Dakota Kelly (Bethany, Conn.) both put bids on net, but Falcone kept the Pride's offense at bay, keeping it a scoreless tie. The Owls applied pressure late in the first half with a pair of chances from Caitlyn Shean (Agawam, Mass.), but Boucher countered with two saves of her own to send the game into the half scoreless. 

Springfield College rattled off a few shots to begin the second half, but Falcone remained solid, while much like in the first half, the Owls made a charge late, but the Pride's stout back line held tough to keep Westfield State off the scoreboard heading into the end of regulation.

It took just four minutes into overtime for the game to be decided, as Swetland carried the ball down the left side and got near the cage before taking a shot, which was blocked, but the freshman calmly collected the ball and blasted a rebound bid into the back of the net to clinch the game for Springfield College.

Up next, the Pride return to Brock-Affleck Field on Saturday, September 2 for a 6:15 match with Roger Williams. 

Eastern Connecticut 2, Roger Williams 1 (2OT) 

Just 21 seconds into the second overtime period, Easter Connecticut State University's Aly Clarke (Mystic, Conn.) found the back of the net to lift the Warriors to a 2-1 season-opening victory over Roger Williams on Friday afternoon at Brock-Affleck Field. With the win, Eastern Connecticut is 1-0, while the Hawks fall to 0-1.

The Warriors held a 20-15 shot advantage in the victory, while Eastern Connecticut also committed 22 fouls to the Hawks' 11.  

After 24 minutes of scoreless play, Eastern Connecticut broke the silence when Kaley Pratt (Milford, Conn.) sent a ball through the Hawks' backline, before McKenzie Reimondo (Portland, Conn.) caught up to it and tucked it past O'Donovan to give the Warriors a 1-0 lead.

Just 3:27 later, Roger Williams evened the scored at one apiece when Kasey Provost (Peabody, Mass.) gained control of the ball at the top of the box and slid a pass to Arianna Delli Carpini (Bedford Hills, N.Y.), who buried her chance to make it 1-1.

The two sides battled back-and-forth for the remainder of the first half, sending the two sides into the break in a 1-1 tie.  

On Saturday, Eastern Connecticut will take on Westfield State, back on Brock-Affleck Field at 4 p.m., while Roger Williams will take on host Springfield College at 6:15 p.m.