Oct. 10, 2006
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Sophomore Nicole Hanewich converted a tremendous individual effort into a goal in the 19th minute and Springfield College (9-3-0, 4-1-0) held on to defeat MIT (8-5-0, 3-2-0), 1-0, in a key conference tilt at Steinbrenner Stadium.
The Engineers' best chance of the match came in the second minute as a heavily-marked Amy Ludlum broke away from the defense and put a solid shot on goal that missed just wide on the far post. Despite additional early pressure, MIT was unable to gain the advantage.
In the 19th minute, Hanewich beat an MIT defender and drove 30 yards down the right side of the pitch before smoking a grounder into the left side of the net for the eventual game-winner. Springfield asserted control in the last part of the half, testing MIT keeper Kat Vater with four shots on goal in the final two minutes. Vater stopped the Pride attack to leave the Engineers one down heading into the break.
For most of the match, possession appeared even, although Springfield clearly got the better of the scoring opportunities. The Pride out shot MIT, 11-3, in the second half and finished with a 20-7 edge for the afternoon. Sophomore Sue Jenney made three saves en route to the clean sheet, while Vater stopped a season-high 12 shots. MIT applied significant pressure late in the match, but was unable to net any goals as the Cardinal and Gray endured its second shutout loss in conference play.