Babson Park, Mass. - October 1, 2016 - In a rematch of last season's New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Championship game, Mikaela Coady (Middletown, Conn.) scored the lone goal of the match, leading the Springfield College women's soccer team to a 1-0 win over Babson College on Saturday afternoon at Hartwell-Rogers Field.
This marked Coady's fourth goal of the year, as the junior has now scored the last three goals for the Pride, going back to her two-goal performance in a win over UMass Dartmouth this past Tuesday.
With the victory, Springfield College is now 5-3-1 on the year, with a 1-1-1 mark in the NEWMAC, while Babson falls to 5-3-2 overall and 3-1-0 in league play. Springfield College held an 11-7 shot advantage over 90 minutes of play, including an 8-2 margin in the first half. The Beavers had six corner kicks to the Pride's one.
Junior goalkeeper Ciara Boucher (Manchester, Conn.) picked up her fourth win of the season, making five saves on the afternoon. Her counterpart, Maddison Gierschick (Hopkinton, Mass.) made four stops in the setback.
With just under 15 minutes to play in the first half, junior forward Kim Quiles (Poughkeepsie, N.Y.) took a shot on cage that was blocked by a Babson defender, but the loose ball landed on the foot of Coady, who took a touch to her right and buried her chance into the left side of the cage to give the Pride a 1-0 lead.
Babson's best chances came in the final ten minutes of the game, but Boucher, along with the stout back four for the Pride, held the Beavers at bay, as Springfield College was able to escape with the 1-0 win.
Up next, the Pride will return to Brock-Affleck Field on Tuesday, October 4 when it will host Smith College in NEWMAC play at 7 p.m.