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Women's Soccer Advances to ECAC Championship With 2-1 Win Over Kean

Springfield, Mass. - November 19, 2016 - Junior forward Kim Quiles (Poughkeepsie, N.Y.) found the back of the net once in each half to lead the Springfield College women's soccer team to a 2-1 victory over Kean University in the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference (ECAC) Division III Women's Soccer Championship Semifinals on Saturday at Brock-Affleck Field.

With the win, the Pride improves to 14-5-3 on the year, and advances to Sunday's ECAC Championship contest to be played on Sunday, November 20 at 12 p.m. Springfield College will take on the winner of No. 2-seeded NYU and No. 3-seeded Grove City.

Springfield College held a 17-9 shot advantage over the course of 90 minutes, while the Pride was also awarded four corner kicks to the Cougars' two. In net, junior goalkeeper Ciara Boucher (Manchester, Conn.) made two stops, while for Kean, Lauren Healey (Fair Lawn, N.J.) made three saves in the loss.

It took 23:29 to break the scoreless tie, but Springfield College got on the board when Dakota Kelly (Bethany, Conn.) gained control of a loose ball in the middle of the field and sent a pass to the right flank, finding Quiles, who drilled a shot into the top right corner to give the Pride a 1-0 lead with 21:31 to play in the half.

With 6:35 remaining in the contest, the Cougars had its best chance of the contest, when Sabrina Pascarella (Lawrence, N.J.) sent in a corner kick that found its way to Jordyn Bronsky (Mays Landing, N.J.), who drilled the crossbar, but the Pride was able to clear the ball to keep Kean off the board. 

Just under a minute later, Springfield College pushed its lead to a pair when Mary Silva (Ludlow, Mass.) sent a pass into the box that found Quiles, who took a shot on cage, which was saved, but the junior picked up her own rebound and tucked a shot into the right side of the net to make it 2-0, Pride, with 5:12 remaining.

Showing its resiliency, Kean pressed the Pride's cage late in the contest, and finally broke through when Pascarella sent a pass to Bronsky, who finished her chance to make it 2-1 with 3:24 to play. Springfield College was able to fend off the late rally and seal the one-goal win.