SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -- September 22, 2007 -- Maria Evans’ (Gloucester, Mass.) goal with just 1:36 left in regulation lifted the Springfield College women’s soccer team past Clark, 1-0, in both squads New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference opener. With the win, the Pride improves to 7-1, 1-0 in conference play, while the Cougars drop to 3-2-1, 0-1.
With time winding down in the match, Delany Cantrall (Santa Paula, Calif.) sent a long, lofted ball into the box from 40 yards out. Nicole Hanewich (Cumberland, R.I.)settled the bouncing ball, and with her back to the goal attemped a bicycle kick. Her shot ricocheted off the cross bar and stayed in play just to the left of the goal. Evans ran onto the loose ball and slammed home the game-winning goal.
The Pride dominated the match throughout, owning a 23-3 shot advantage. Sue Jenney (Agawam, Mass.) needed to make just three saves to record her fifth shutout of the season. Joanna Clark made nine saves in goal for Clark.
Springfield returns to action when it hosts Rhode Island College on Tuesday evening. Tip-off is slated for 7:00 p.m.