Springfield, Mass. - September 3, 2011 - Sophomore Kim Rasmussen scored her first collegiate goal in the 40th minute and it held up as the Springfield College women's soccer team bested Lasell, 1-0, in the Springfield College Invitational on Brock-Affleck Field on Saturday evening.
With Westfield State's 2-1 win over Vassar, the matchups are set for Sunday's action. Vassar and Lasell will play at 5:00 pm, while Springfield and Westfield State will square off at 7:15 pm.
After a back-and-forth first half in which the majority of possession took place in the midfield, Springfield struck for its first goal of the 2011 season in the 40th minute.
Senior Katie Mantie carried the ball from midfield down the left flank, before beating a pair of defenders and poking a shot headed towards the right post. Rasmussen ran onto the ball and redirected shot into the goal for her first collegiate marker.
Both teams recorded eight shots in the game, while Springfield took all eight of the contest's corner kicks.
Erin Greenstein made five saves for Springfield to earn the shutout victory, while Elizabeth Stickley made one save in the loss.
Westfield State 2, Vassar 1
Westfield State's Leann Rivard scored twice, including the game-winning tally with just 20 seconds left in regulation, to lead the Owls' women's soccer team past Vassar College by a 2-1 score in the first game of the Springfield College Invitational on Saturday evening.
After a scoreless first half, the Owls scored just under three minutes into the second stanza. On her second-straight corner kick attempt, sophomore midfielder Lauren Marshall’s (West Springfield, Mass.) bid connected with Rivard inside the six yard box for the top scoring opportunity so far in the contest. Rivard, a junior forward from Chicopee, Mass., got her body on the ball and was able to deflect it into the back of the cage to put Westfield State on top.
The Brewers took advantage of some misfortune by the Owls in the 65th minute to even the game. Sophomore forward Sheeva Seyfi’s (Irvine, Calif.) shot from 18 yards out was headed into Westfield State’s goal by one of its own defenders, which would all lead to Rivard's last-second heroics.
In the waning moments, the Owls benefited from some late magic off another Marshall corner kick. After her service was deflected away from the goal mouth by junior back Colleen Bazinet (Charlton, Mass.), Rivard collected the loose ball and let a shot off from eight yards out which found the top shelf of the net, clinching the victory.
In goal, junior Ali Higgins (Dallas, Tex.) made five saves for the Brewers, while sophomore Jess Habif (Holliston, Mass.) totaled two saves for Westfield State.
For the contest, Westfield State had a 13-6 advantage in shots and a 7-3 edge in corner kicks.