SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -- September 5, 2007 --The Springfield College women’s soccer team topped visiting Westfield State, 5-0, at Brock-Affleck Field at the Irv Schmid Sports Complex on Wednesday evening. With the win, the Pride improve to 3-0 on the season, while the Owls fall to 0-3.
The Pride struck first at the 34 minute mark after Nicole Hanewich carried the ball down the right flank and sent a cross into the middle of the box on the ground. Maria Evans flicked the ball to the left towards a streaking Lauren Peltier. Peltier wasted no time and buried the ball into the left side of the net to give the home squad a 1-0 advantage.
Just three and a half minutes later, Hanewich tallied a goal of her own after she headed in a free-kick cross from Delaney Cantrall. Cantrall sent a ball from the right sideline into the middle of the box and Hanewich placed a header inside the left post for the Pride’s second tally of the game.
After a Caitlin Sawczuk shot from 30 yards out was unable to be gathered in by Westfield keeper Jessie Tomich, Evans blasted in the loose ball on the goal line at the 29:32 mark to record her third tally in the past two games.
In the second half, Hanewich tacked on her second of the game with just over 27 minutes remaining in regulation. On a counter attack, Sawczuk hit a centering pass to Hanewich who was all alone with the keeper. Hanewich took two touches from 15 yards out and ripped the ball into the back of the net for her second tally of the evening.
Ali Dalton finished off the scoring for Springfield on the night when she lofted a bouncing ball from Gina Calabrese over the outstretched arms of keeper Andrea Knowles from 20 yards out with just under nine minutes remaining in the contest.
Westfield nearly tacked on its first goal of game at the 24:56 mark after Meg Gearin beat Pride keeper Sue Jenney and was all alone dribbling towards the goal. However, Linsday Bugbee slide in and stole the ball to preserve the shutout for Springfield.
Sue Jenney faced just four shots on the night and recorded one save as she registered her third-straight shutout. The Pride outshot the Owl 22-4 in the contest. Tomich and Knowles each played 45 minutes for Westfield in net. Springfield has outscored its opponents, 16-0, so far in 2007.
Springfield returns to action when it hosts its fourth-straight home game on Saturday against Brandeis at 1:00 p.m.