Nov. 8, 2008
Courtesy Springfield Sports Information
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. - With its fourth-straight 4-0 victory, the Springfield College women's soccer team advanced past MIT on a rainy Saturday afternoon to move on to the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Tournament Championship. The top-seeded Pride will take on second-seeded Wheaton, who slipped past Clark, 1-0, in the other semifinal.
Springfield improves to 14-3-2 on the year, while the Engineers season comes to a close with a 7-9-2 mark. The Pride only held a 9-3 advantage in shots for the entire game, but made the most of it's strikes, connecting on four of them for goals.
Nicole Hanewich opened up the scoring for the home team in the 13th minute as he headed home a Delaney Cantrall corner kick into the lower right corner for her team-leading ninth-goal of the year. Springfield tacked on its second goal of the game just before halftime as Maria Evans headed home a Brittany Collins' shot that caromed off the crossbar at the 43:18 mark.
Just under 10 minutes into the second stanza, the Pride struck for its third tally of the game, this time from Shanda Kogut. Kogut took a touch pass inside the box from Hanewich, and blasted home a left-footed strike for the Pride's third goal. Jackie Moscardelli closed out Springfield's scoring in the game as headed in a Nicole Baker cross at the 68 minute mark. It was Moscardelli's fourth goal of the year, and third in her last four matches.
Sue Jenney earned the win in goal as she notched the shutout, making just two saves. Stephanie Brenman finished with three stops for MIT.