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Women's Soccer Outlasts Coast Guard, 2-1

Women's Soccer Outlasts Coast Guard, 2-1

Springfield, Mass. - October 2, 2021-  The Springfield College women's soccer program prevailed in double-overtime over Coast Guard, 2-1, in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) action on Saturday afternoon at Brock-Affleck Field. 

Springfield elevates to 5-3 with a 3-0 mark in NEWMAC play, while Coast Guard falls to 2-7 and 0-3 in conference play. The Pride outshot Coast Guard 33-13, and were awarded eight corner kicks on the afternoon. 

Kellie Smith (Marshfield, Conn.) scored for the Pride in the first half, marking the forward's fifth goal of the season. Amelia Harper (Taylorsville, Utah) added three saves in the victory.

For Coast Guard, Alexandra Murphy scored the Bears' lone goal, while in net, Hope Drake-Duval collected 14 saves in the setback.

Springfield took a 1-0 lead in the fifth-minute of action, as Kaleigh Dale (Mansfield, Conn.) delivered a through ball to Smith, who took a pair of touches and ripped a shot that deflected off the post and across the goal mouth. From there, Springfield would work for several opportunities to expand their lead as the Pride registered seven shots on goal in the first half of action with two attempts connecting with the crossbar. At 30:30, the Bears would even the score at 1-1 as Murphy scored off an assist from Sidney Palinkas. Just before the half, Dale would rip another attempt on frame, but Drake-Duval would clear it away to keep the score at 1-1 at the break. 

Each team could not gain an edge in the second half, despite taking finding shot opportunities. Harper anchored the Pride defense, while Drake-Duval tallied seven saves in the half for the visitors and forced overtime. After the stalemate continued into the second overtime, each team looked for a potential game-winner with no avail. In the 109th-minute of action, Madison Daly (Enfield, Conn.) pushed the ball up the field in transition to Karly Suppicich (South Windsor, Conn.), who made a move to create space and rifled the game-winner into the back of the net, lifting Springfield to the 2-1 victory. 

Springfield will continue conference play on Wednesday afternoon when it travels to play Smith at 4 pm.

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