Springfield, Mass. - September 15, 2019 - The Springfield College women's soccer team battled their way to a 1-1 overtime draw with Williams on Sunday afternoon in non-conference play on Brock-Affleck Field.
Following the contest Springfield now holds a record of 4-0-1 and Williams moved to 2-1-1. The Ephs entered the game as the defending NCAA Division III National Champion and was ranked No. 1 in the country in the most recent United Soccer Coaches National Poll. Today marked the first time that Springfield had scored a goal against Williams since 2010 and was the first tie against the Ephs since 2004.
For the game, Williams edged out Springfield in the shots category 21-14, while the Pride led in shots on goal by a 10-5 margin. The Ephs also took six of the game's eight corner kicks. Between the pipes, the Pride's continued pressure forced Whitney Lincoln to make nine saves for the visitors, while Emma O'Sullivan (Westford, Mass.) was credited with four saves.
Williams wasted no time scoring their long goal of the contest as Sarah Scire broke through Springfield's back line and tucked in an unassisted goal just 6:02 in the contest.
Springfield evened the score in the 32nd minute on a Kaliegh Dale (Mansfield, Conn.) corner kick. Dale connected with Sydney Wine (New Braintree, Mass.) just outside the box, and Wine drilled a shot into the top right corner of the net from 25 yards out to knot the game up at a goal apiece.
Wine nearly put the Pride on top in the final moments of the first half after she intercepted an attempted clear by the Ephs. The senior midfielder blistered a ball on net, but Lincoln made an incredible diving save to her left to preserve the tie.
In the second half, Williams had a great opportunity in the 65th minute when Georgia Lord broke away on a run into the box, but her attempt at chipping the ball past O'Sullivan was just wide.
Adalia Malick (Bristol, Conn.) had an especially strong game for the Pride in creating a number of chances, including one with just 51 seconds left in the first overtime as she outran the Ephs backline, only to have Lincoln swallow up her attempt.
Springfield will next play at Wesleyan on Tuesday at 5 pm in non-conference play.
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