New London, Conn. - November 6, 2013 - A brilliant second half goal from Ryan Malone (Chicopee, Mass.) forced overtime for the Springfield College men's soccer team on Wednesday, but the Pride fell to host Coast Guard Academy, 2-1 in double-overtime in the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Quarterfinals.
After a Springfield foul gave Coast Guard a free kick from a little more than 30 yards out the Bears were able to net the game-winner. Senior John Rendon (West Harwich, Mass.) played a ball into the box and John Tarzian (Garden City, N.Y.) banged home the header to give the Bears their second overtime victory against the Pride in the last five days.
Fifth-seeded 5 Springfield falls to 13-6 on the season and will wait to see if it earns a bid into the upcoming ECAC Championship. Fourth-seeded Coast Guard improves to 9-7-3 and will take on top-seeded MIT in the NEWMAC semifinals, Saturday at 10:30 a.m. at MIT.
Coast Guard opened the scoring in the 13th minute to give the Bears a 1-0 lead with 32:34 to play in the first half. Senior Joe Bodzewski (Seattle, Wash.) took a pass at the edge of the 6-yard box and fired a shot into the far side of the net for his third goal of the season. The goal was set up when junior Jonathan Ray (Huntsville, Ala.).
The first chance of the match came in the seventh minute following a Coast Guard foul to give Springfield a free kick less than five feet from the edge of the 18-yard box. Senior Danny Amato (Newington, Conn.) sent a screaming shot on goal but junior keeper Richie Burns (Long Beach, Calif.) made a leaping save to deflect the attempt over the crossbar.
The second half was dominated by the Pride, as it stepped up its offensive pressure and had the ball in the Coast Guard half for the majority of the 45 minutes of play.
Springfield came dangerously close to netting the equalizer in the 52nd minute. Following a cross sent in from the far side of the field, Amato sent on a header from point blank range but right into the arms of Burns who made the stop. The Pride would come up with another good chance in the 63rd minute off of a throw in but junior Kevin Nowak’s (Plainsboro, N.J.) header went almost straight up in the air and Burns was able to snag it and avoid any further Springfield opportunities.
Springfield would finally tie the match in the 79th minute after a second consecutive corner kick. Amato sent in a high-arcing ball and Malone was on the other end to sky above the Coast Guard defense to send in a powerful header to knot the game at 1-1 with 11:09 to play.
The Pride nearly missed a go-ahead goal just over a minute later when Amato found himself alone in the box but he put too much on his shot and the ball went over the crossbar, keeping the game tied at 1-1 with under 10 minutes to go.
The game nearly ended in regulation when Bodzewski delivered a perfect ball into the box with under two minutes to play but Rendon’s header hit off the crossbar as the teams headed into overtime.
The first extra session was an exciting affair but there were few quality chances to show for it and the game progressed to a second overtime with the score 1-1 still.
The Pride edged the Bears, 18-13 in shots and 11-3 in corner kicks. Springfield's Billy Schmid (Wethersfield, Conn.) and Coast Guard's Richie Burns (Long Beach, Calif.) each made three saves.