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Women's Soccer Downs Endicott, 1-0, In Gibson's 250th Win At Springfield

Women's Soccer Downs Endicott, 1-0, In Gibson's 250th Win At Springfield

Springfield, Mass. - September 7, 2019 - The Springfield College women's soccer team posted their second-straight shutout as they defeated Endicott College, 1-0, on Brock-Affleck Field on Saturday afternoon. 

The Pride picked up the win to improve to 3-0, and have won three-straight games to open the year for the third-consecutive season.  The loss dropped the Gulls to 2-1 on the year.  Springfield led in shots 14-10 and held a 5-2 cushion in corner kicks.

With the victory, John Gibson earned his 250th win on the Springfield sidelines.  Now in his 20th year at Springfield, Gibson owns a record of 250-107-40.

Early in the game both defenses were limiting any offensive opportunities until the Pride broke into the scoring column in the 39th minute.  Heather Jennato (Hooksett, N.H.) sent a long ball into the box on a freekick near midfield, first-year Adalia Malick (Bristol, Conn.) picked the bouncing ball out of midair and ripped a shot into the top corner for her first collegiate goal.  

Just two minutes into the second half, Larissa Cade had a terrific chance for the Gulls, as she dribbled around a defender to get free at the top of the box.  However, her bid sailed just wide of the post and Emma O'Sullivan (Westford, Mass.) needed to make just three saves on the day for the shutout win. 

Springfield threatened in the middle of the second half on another Jennato corner kick, which Cassidy Bailey (Monson, Mass.) was able to get her head on an direct towards net, only to have Endicott goalkeeper Kayla Wentworth make a great save. In the 71st minute,  Maddy Bonavita (Wilbraham, Mass.) got a shot off inside the six-yard box following a corner by Kaleigh Dale (Mansfield, Conn.), but Wentworth again came up with a huge stop.  She finished the day with seven saves.

Springfield will play UMass-Dartmouth on Thursday night at Brock-Affleck Field, kickoff is set for 7:00 pm. 

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