Springfield, Mass. – September 4, 2011 - Zack Dutter’s first collegiate goal with 57 seconds remaining in the first overtime period lifted the Springfield College men’s soccer team past cross-town rival Western New England University in the championship match of the Springfield College Invitational on Sunday afternoon at the Irv Schmid Sports Complex. In earlier action, Westfield State defeated Johnson & Wales, 2-0, in the consolation.
Springfield improves to 2-0 on the season, while the Golden Bears drop to 2-1. It was the first time Springfield has beaten its rival since 2002.
A pair of individual awards were handed out for both Offensive and Defensive Most Valuable Players of the Invitational. Western New England's Jake Bartnik was named the Offensive MVP, while Springfield's Jake Miskin was honored as the Defensive MVP.
The Pride’s constant pressure and persistence paid off down the stretch as they were able to make a late push. Springfield totaled four of its nine shots in overtime as it was able to utilize its bench, playing 26 players in the contest.
With time winding down in the first extra session, sophomore midfielder Drew Vanasse (Concord, Mass.) sent in a cross from the left side that a Western New England defender attempted to clear. Dutter, a freshman midfielder (Dallas, Pa.) hammered a half-volley shot into the right side of the goal sending the Pride faithful into an uproar.
The best scoring opportunity for either team in regulation came with just over 27 minutes remaining. Springfield’s Kevin Nowak, a freshman midfielder from Plainsboro, N.J. broke away from the Western New England defense. However, the first-year’s bid was pushed right as the game remained scoreless.
SC's Brett Bascom, a freshman from New London, N.H., made his collegiate debut, earned the start, and posted three saves in 45 minutes of action in goal. Junior goalkeeper Chris Walton (Cromwell, Conn.) earned the win as he made two saves in just over 54 minutes of action
For the Golden Bears, Nick Starr tallied three saves as he took the loss.
Springfield will return to action Wednesday evening when it travels to Keene State for a 6:30 pm contest.
Westfield State 2, Johnson and Wales 0
The Westfield State Owls scored a pair of goals in the opening 30 minutes of play and never looked back as they defeated Johnson and Wales in the Springfield College Invitational on Sunday afternoon.
With the victory Westfield State moves to 1-1 on the season, while Johnson and Wales drops to 0-2
The Owls opened up the scoring in the 13th minute. Senior midfielder Justin Laliberte (Easthampton, Mass.) carried the ball down the left side to the endline before blistering a centering cross, just underneath the outstretched arms of freshman keeper Ryan Dzierawski (Oakland, Mich.). Senior forward Josh Severns (Suffield, Conn.) made the most of the opportunity and struck home a shot into a wide open net to make it a 1-0 game.
Westfield State added to its lead in the 28th minute after an impressive strike by junior midfielder Jon Principato (Stoneham, Mass.). After receiving the ball inside the box with his back to the goal, Principato turned to his right and blasted a shot into the top shelf to give the Owls a two-goal cushion.
The Owls dominated much of the play, owning a 25-3 edge in the shots department and taking seven of the game’s eight corner kicks
In his collegiate debut, Dzierawski recorded 16 saves in the loss. Jeff Pepoli needed to make just two saves to earn the shutout victory.