Springfield, Mass. – September 9, 2009 – The Springfield College women’s soccer team netted two goals in a 1:22 span in the first half en route to a 4-1 win over cross-town rival Western New England on Wednesday evening at Brock-Affleck Field.
Springfield, which entered the match ranked 18th in the country in the latest NSCAA National Poll, improves to 3-0 on the season while the Golden Bears drop to 1-2.
WNEC netted the first goal of the game at the 13:47 mark on a well placed shot by Heather Mortell. Mortell gathered the ball just outside the 18 yard box and cracked a high shot into the upper left corner of the net, just over the outstretched hands of Springfield keeper Katie Delude.
Springfield tied the game with just over 15 minutes left in the opening stanza on a goal from Katie Mantie. Dribbling down the right side of the field, Mantie blasted a shot with nearly no angle at the net and found the back left post for Springfield’s first tally of the game.
The Pride wasted no time grabbing its first lead of the game when Brittany Collins netted her first goal of the season 1:22 later. After just checking into the game, Collins collected a bouncing, loose ball in the six yard box and fired a shot into the right side of the net to put Springfield on top, 2-1.
Springfield tacked on its third goal of game 11 minutes into the second half after a well executed set piece. Collins took a free kick from 25 yards out and sent a curling ball towards the far post. Jen Jahoda snuck behind the WNEC back line and hammered a shot on the doorstep into the back of the net to give the hosts a two-goal advantage.
Mantie scored her second goal of the game with 3:30 remaining in regulation to give Springfield a 4-1 lead. Courtney Price sent in free kick from 40 yards out into the middle of the box and Mantie rose up above her defender and flicked on a header for the Pride's fourth tally.
For the game, Springfield held a 22-9 advantage in shots and a 7-4 edge in corner kicks.
Delude finished the game with five saves, while WNEC’s Jess Covino recorded eight saves for the visitors.
The Pride complete its four-game homestand to open up the season on Saturday afternoon when it hosts Brandeis. First whistle is slated for 12:00 pm.