Springfield, Mass. - September 24, 2011 - The Springfield College women's soccer team battled to a scoreless draw with visiting MIT in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) play on Saturday afternoon on Brock-Affleck Field.
The tie brings Springfield's record to 4-2-1, 1-0-1 in league play, while the Engineers ledger stands at 5-1-2, 0-0-2. Springfield entered the contest ranked 15th in the nation in this week's NSCAA poll.
The top scoring chance of the first half came in the 21st minute on a deep shot by MIT. Andrea Park let loose a rising shot from 25 yards out that Springfield keeper Erin Greenstein dove and punched over the cross bar.
Springfield had the top two scoring chances of the second half, both off the boot of Katie Mantie. In the 54th minute, Mantie broke through the Engineer defense, only to have her one-on-one bid glance off the finger tips of MIT keeper Meghan Wright. Wright came up huge again in the 84th minute as Mantie nearly scored in a similar situtation.
Neither team threatened to score in either of the extra sessions as Springfield picked up its first draw of the season.
Greenstein finished the game with five saves, while Wright was credited with six stops. Springfield held an 8-7 edge in shots, including a 4-1 advantage in the second 45 minutes of play.
The Pride will now prepare for a clash of two of the top teams in the country as it heads to Williams College on Thursday to take on Ephs, currently ranked fifth in the country. The game is slated to begin at 4:15 pm.