Springfield, Mass. – September 4, 2010 - Despite owning a 20-7 advantage in shots, the Springfield College women's soccer team came up short in it's season opener, falling to Roger Williams, 1-0, on Saturday evening in the Springfield College Invitational.
With the win, Roger Williams will now take on Eastern Connecticut at 7:15 on Sunday evening. Eastern Connecticut edged Westfield State, 1-0, in the day's other contest. The Invitational’s other matchup will feature Westfield State and Springfield, who will play at 5:00 pm.
Springfield wasted no time pouring on the offensive pressure, and nearly scored in the opening minutes, however Katie Mantie’s shot found the crossbar just 1:48 into the contest. SC was unable to find the back of the net in the opening half despite owning a 7-3 advantage in shots.
Hannah Noel put the Hawks on top in the 67th minute as she lofted a shot over Springfield’s keeper, Erin Greenstein, who was off her line challenging the attack. Maddy Howard was credited with the assist as her pass from just inside the midline found Noel by herself outside the box.
The Pride nearly knotted the game at one but Brittany Collins one-on-one bid with just over 11 minutes remaining was snuffed out by goalie Kelsey McGee.
McGee picked up the win as she made 12 saves on the night en route to earning the shutout. Greenstein, in just her second career start, took the loss as she made a pair of saves.
Eastern Connecticut 1, Westfield State 0
ECSU/Westfield State Box Score
Lauren Hickey’s goal in the 53rd minute proved to be the difference as the Eastern Connecticut women’s soccer team defeated Westfield State, 1-0, in the Springfield College Invitational on Saturday evening.
In both squad’s season opener, ECSU controlled much of the play as it owned a 16-6 advantage in shots and held a 6-3 edge in corner kicks.
Mackenzie MacLeod was credited with the win as she recorded a clean sheet while making three saves. Jeff Habrif took the loss in goal as she allowed the only goal and made seven saves.
At the 52:41 mark, Kelly Wallace broke free down the right side until reaching the end line. Wallace then sent a centering pass into the box to an oncoming Hickey. Hickey made the most of opportunity as she found the back of the net for what would prove to be the game’s only tally.