Providence, R.I. - September 28, 2010 - The Springfield College women's soccer team rattled off its fourth-straight victory as it shut out Rhode Island College, 4-0, in a non-conference matchup on a rainy and windy Tuesday afternoon. Jackie Moscardelli, Brittany Collins, Erica Donnelly, and Katie Mantie each scored goals for the Pride.
Springfield's offense has come alive as of its last four games as it has outscored its opponents, 14-2. The Pride boosted its record to 6-3 this season as it recorded its third shutout of the season. The loss drops Rhode Island College to 5-2.
Moscardelli opened up the scoring at the 8:20 mark when she settled a cross from senior defender Gina Calabrese along the top of the 18-yard box. She turned and fired a shot that RIC senior goalkeeper Maddie Pirri dove to stop. Pirri got both hands on the ball, but the torrential rains made handling the ball difficult as it squeaked through for what proved to be the eventual game-winner.
In the 39th minute, sophomore midfielder Ashley McFarlane threaded the RIC defense with a brilliant pass to Collins, who collected the ball and blasted it into the right corner to make it a 2-0 advantage.
Just 2:09 into the second half, Calabrese and Mantie teammed up to assist Donnelly's fourth goal of the season as the visitors lead grew to three. 4:34 later, Mantie scored the game's final marker as she connected with Ali Colson for her fourth goal of the 2010 campaign.
Erin Greenstein needed to make just two saves to earn the shutout victory for the visitors. Pirri played just over 76 minutes in goal for the hosts as she made seven saves and allowed all four of Springfield's goals. Abygayle Fisher finished out the game and did not record a save between the pipes.
For the contest, Springfield owned a 23-9 advantage in shots and a 4-2 edge in corner kicks.
RIC had two good opportunities to score in the second half, but sophomore midfielder Libby Lazar hit the crossbar and freshman Mariah Gonzalezıs shot that eluded Greenstein was cleared out of harm's way by SC senior defender Courtney Price.
Springfield will resume action on Saturday afternoon when it travels to take on rival Wellesley College at 1:00 pm.