Springfield, Mass. – October 30, 2013 - Drew Vanasse (Concord, Mass.) scored the game-winning goal in the 86th minute to lift the Springfield College men’s soccer team to a 1-0 shutout of Fitchburg State on Wednesday.
It was night for the record books for Springfield, improving to 13-4 on the season as it tallied its ninth shutout on Wednesday, tying the 1999 campaign for the most in D-III program history. Additionally, the Pride’s 13 wins is the second highest single-season total in Division III program history.
The Pride has its chances early on, but finally struck late in the second half. Danny Amato (Newington, Conn.) took a corner kick in the 86th minute and Vanasse came in for the finish with a nice header into the back of the net for the game-winning goal.
With a scoreless game and 16 minutes left on the clock, Amato nearly scored, but his shot hit the crossbar and bounced out of the goal.
Michael Fowler (Maynard, Mass.) had two big opportunities late in the first half, but both times his header just missed. Fowler had another big chance with seven minutes left in the game, but Fitchburg State goalie Rondinelle DePaula (Leominster, Mass.) came up with a diving save, his biggest save of the night.
Matt Dickmann (Paxton, Mass.) played well offensively for the Pride, racking up three shots.
Fitchburg State’s Josh Hofer (Manchester, N.H.) led the team with three shots.
Billy Schmid (Wethersfield, Conn.) made one save in goal for Springfield to earn the win. Zack Richard (Millbury, Mass.) played the second half without being forced to make a save. DePaula had four saves in goal for Fitchburg State.
Fitchburg State drops to 6-6-5 with the loss. The Falcons close out the regular season on Saturday, hosting Worcester State at 10:00 a.m. Springfield hosts Coast Guard at noon on Saturday to end the season with a key NEWMAC match up.