Boston, Mass. - October 29, 2013 - The Springfield College women's soccer team used two early goals to edge host Simmons, 2-1 on Tuesday.
Springfield moves to 10-4-2 overall with the win, while the Sharks fall to 8-10.
Springfield went on the attack early as Nicole Fowler (Maynard, Mass.) sent a cross to Jessica Miller (Southbury, Conn.) in the box that went just wide. At 10 minutes into the half, Sharks goalkeeper Briana Hayes (Manorville, N.Y.) made a stellar save on a shot by Ashley Carressi (Billerica, Mass.) to keep the game scoreless. But two minutes later, Springfield's Elizabeth Monsen (Wayne, N.J.) sent a high ball on frame from the 25-yard line that beat Hayes up high for a 1-0 lead.
The Sharks gained position in the midfield and Ainslie Gibbs (North Smithfield, R.I.) tested Springfield goalkeeper Lucy Gillett (Rockville Centre, N.Y.) with a low shot but the Pride were able to clear the zone unscathed. At 22:10, Brittany Samson (Chicopee, Mass.) raced toward a loose ball in the Sharks end. Hayes came out for the save but the ball slipped out to the foot of Miller who put the Pride up 2-0.
Hayes made another diving save with 18 minutes to play on a shot by Carressi and Simmons defender Katie McCarthy (Falmouth, Maine) stay composed, forcing Haines to shoot high in a one on one sprint to the left side.
In the second half, Hayes came up big with five saves in the opening ten minutes, including a diving save off a hard shot to the left corner by Fowler. Sophomore Ali Berkman (Natick, Mass.) forced Gillett to come out of the net for a save ten minutes in and first year Alexis Eusebio (Dartmouth, Mass.) sent a ball just wide as the Sharks gained momentum.
At 84:24, the Sharks cut the lead in half as Hilary Matthews found Heuslein just outside the box for a quick shot that beat Gillett up high. The Pride kept up the pressure but the Sharks defensive team of Issy Verrilli (Naugatuck, Conn.), Tasha Friedman (Phoenix, Ariz.) and McCarthy thwarted the attack.
Springfield held a 35-13 advantage in shots, while Gillet posted seven saves for the win. Hayes tied her season high with 20 saves in the loss.
The Pride will close out the regular season on Saturday, hosting Wellesley at 3:00 p.m. for a key NEWMAC match up.