Middletown, Conn. - September 17, 2019 - The Springfield College women's soccer team was defeated for the first time in the 2019 season as it was clipped by Wesleyan University, 3-1, at Jackson Field on Tuesday evening.
The Pride entered the game ranked 25th in the country in the most recent United Soccer Coaches Division III National Poll, dropped to 4-1-1, while Wesleyan knocked off its second nationally-ranked opponent to improve to 3-1.
Wesleyan took advantage of its first possession in the attacking zone after a foul outside of the 18 to get on the board. Andi Wiley took the free kick from the left side, lofting the ball into the upper right corner for the 1-0 edge just 4:06 into the game. The visitors had a good chance to knot the game at the 27:44, while Kinsey Colby (Easton, Conn.) rifled a shot on goal, but Wesleyan goalkeeper Sarah Hammond jumped and got a hand on the ball to corral it.
Springfield looked for the equalizer with 59 seconds remaining in the half as Kaleigh Dale (Mansfield, Conn.) sent a through ball intended for Nicole Morin-Trotta (Ashburnham, Mass.), but Hammond came diving off her line to deny the chance and preserve the one-goal lead heading into the break.
Wesleyan doubled its lead at the 53:11 mark when Emily Ribatt converted a penalty kick to the bottom left corner of the net. The Cardinals extended their lead to 3-0 at the 76:13 mark as Ribatt denied a clearing attempt by the Pride defense before rocketing a shot into the top corner for her second marker of the game. Dale would account for the game's final goal when she tucked in a penalty kick with five minutes to play.
Hammond earned the win in goal, making five stops, while Springfield goaltender Emma O'Sullivan (Westford, Mass.) recorded three saves. Wesleyan held a slight edge in shots, 13-11, and a 4-0 advantage in corner kicks.
Springfield will next begin New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) play when it hosts Coast Guard at 3 pm.
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