Springfield, Mass. - October 6, 2018 - The Springfield College women's soccer team blanked Wellesley College, 2-0, on Saturday afternoon at Brock-Affleck Field, as the Pride improved to 9-1-1 through its first 11 games, including an unblemished mark of 5-0 against conference opponents. The Blue fell to 3-7-1 on the year, including a 0-4-1 mark in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) play.
The Pride finished with a 28-1 shot advantage over 90 minutes of play, as the hosts were also granted seven corner kicks in the victory. In net, senior goalkeeper Jackie Davis (Ringoes, N.J.) earned her fifth win of the year without having to make a save, while Olivia Reckley (Grosse Ile, Mich.), who was impressive for the Blue as she made eight saves.
Springfield College got right to work as Sara Swetland (Manchester, N.H.) played a through ball that sprung Mackenzie Luiz (Newington, Conn.) behind the Blue's back line, before the junior snuck a shot past Reckley to give the Pride a 1-0 lead just 3:48 into the contest. Springfield College continued to put pressure on Reckley in the ensuing minutes, as both Swetland and Nikki Kerr (Manchester, Conn.) were able to put shots on goal, but Reckley would turn them aside to keep the margin at one goal.
Just as it did in the first half, Springfield College scored in the opening minutes of the second frame as Luiz sent a long pass behind the Blue's back line, which was caught up to by Kaleigh Dale (Mansfield, Conn.), who evaded a charging Reckley and touched the ball into the empty net, giving the maroon and white a 2-0 advantage with 33:30 to play.
Springfield College looked to add another in the 82nd minute when Alyana Sosa (Naugatuck, Conn.) had a point-blank chance with an empty net, but Alex Dionne (Belmont, Mass.) made a great defensive effort to keep the ball out of the cage, and keeping it a two-goal game. Freshman Sydney Fackrell (Hamburg, N.J.) and Sydney Wine (New Braintree, Mass.) both got shots on goal in the late stages of the game, but Reckley made her seventh and eighth save of the afternoon, resulting in a 2-0 win for the Pride.
Springfield College will resume play on Tuesday, October 9 when it travels to Babson College for a 6 p.m. contest.