Springfield, Mass. - September 21, 2019 - In their New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) opener, he Springfield College women's soccer team was defeated on Saturday by Coast Guard, 3-0, at Brock-Affleck Field.
The Pride entered the game ranked 25th in the country in the most recent United Soccer Coaches Division III National Poll and lost for the second-straight outing to fall to 4-2-1, 0-1 in conference play. Coast Guard improved to 2-4 on the year and 1-0 in conference action. Springfield doubled up Coast Guard in the the shots category, taking 24 compared to 12 for the visitors. Coast Guard's Sarah Schollenberger had an impressive outing for the Bears by making 10 saves. Emma O'Sullivan (Westford, Mass.) registered six stops on the day for the Pride.
Coast Guard broke into the scoring in the 27th minute when Brielle Pearce found Alexandra Murphy just outside the box. Murphy took a touch and blistered a shot into the back of the net past O'Sullivan for what would prove to be the game-winning marker.
Despite Springfield owning a 14-3 advantage in shots in the second 45 minutes of play, the next goal came in the 54th minute when Sabrina Robertson sent a high cross into the middle which Pearce headed home for an insurance goal. Pearce scored again in the 80th minute as she broke away from the Springfield defense and tucked a shot into the bottom corner.
Springfield now have a week off to prepare to host Emerson next Saturday for a 3 pm conference contest.
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