Springfield, Mass. - September 22, 2010 - The Springfield College women's soccer team scored a pair of goals in the opening 15 minutes of the game as it knocked off 16th-ranked Amherst College, 3-1, in a non-conference battle on Wednesday evening at the Irv Schmid Sports Complex.
The win boosts Springfield's record to 4-3 on the season, while the Lord Jeffs lost for the first time in the 2010 campaign, dropping to 3-1-1. Amherst entered the contest ranked 16th in the nation and second in New England. The Pride were the eighth-ranked team in New England coming into tonight.
Springfield took control of the game from the opening whistle as it owned nearly all of the possession in the opening minutes of the game. Springfield set the offensive tone early as Katie Mantie broke free on the right flank, only to have her shot riccochet off the post, just 34 seconds into the game.
The Pride eventually broke through at the 11:58 mark as Erica Donnelly corralled the rebound off Jackie Moscardelli's blocked shot and lofted an attempt from 25 yards out that found the upper right corner of the net.
Just 2:17 later, Springfield added to their lead as Mantie slotted home a goal off a tough angle from just outside the right side of the 18-yard box to give the hosts a 2-0 advantage.
The visitors gradually found their rhythm as they picked up the tempo and pace of the game over the final 20 minutes of the half. Amherst was able to cut into the two-goal deficit with 6:18 remaining in the half after Hannah Cooper found the back of the net. After Elizabeth Ludlow's initial attempt was saved by Erin Greenstein, the ball deflected off the left post to Cooper, who slammed home a goal from inside the six-yard box.
Courtney Price tacked on an insurance goal in the 76th minute as she flicked home a Mantie corner kick into the bottom left corner of the goal.
Greenstein picked up the win as she posted five saves between the pipes for Springfield. Claire Bennett took the loss for the Lord Jeffs as she made four saves. Springfield finished the game with a 12-11 edge in shots.
The Pride begin its three-game road swing on Saturday afternoon when it travels to take on MIT in a rematch of last season's NEWMAC Tournament Championship game. Kick-off is slated for 1:00 pm.