Penalty Shootout Advances Women's Soccer to NEWMAC Championship Semifinal

Springfield, Mass.- November 5, 2019- After two overtimes of play, the Springfield College women's soccer team ties Emerson College and prevailed in a penalty shootout 4-2 on Tuesday Night in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Championship Quarterfinals at Brock-Affleck Field.

The tie brings Springfield College, who is the No. 4 seed in the tournament, to 12-5-3 on the season and will advance to the NEWMAC Semifinal game for the 12th-straight season. The Pride will play top-seeded MIT, who is ranked fifth in the nation. Emerson's season halts at 10-7-2 overall.

In the first half, Springfield was aggressive in their approach with 14 scoring opportunities. At 24:01, Kaleigh Dale (Mansfield, Conn.) made two defenders miss from right outside the box and launched a shot that seemed perfect, but would bounce off the post and out of play.

In the second half, the Pride continued to press the Emerson defense. As they continued to get great chances, Emerson's Megan Rose would hold strong between the posts for the Lions. At 63:07, Heather Jennato (Hookset, N.H.) earned a free kick and rifled it on frame, but Rose came up with another key save.

From there, regulation would remain in a scoreless tie, forcing overtime. In the first overtime, the Pride held the possession and put two up two more shots, but the game sat at 0-0. The script remained the same in the second overtime, with each team not budging defensively.

With the game still scoreless after two extra periods, the teams prepared for a shootout. In the penalty shootout, Emerson missed back-to-back chances and the Pride's Kellie Smith (Marshfield, Mass.) capitalized to give the Pride a 4-2 advantage and a berth into the NEWMAC Championship Semifinal.

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