#17 Springfield Topples Soccer, 5-0

Match Statistics

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (Oct. 14, 2008) - The Springfield College women's soccer team, ranked 17th in the latest National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) national poll, blanked visiting Mount Holyoke College 5-0 this evening in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) action at Brock-Affleck Field. It was the fifth straight win for the Pride overall and their sixth in a row over the Lyons.

Mount Holyoke nearly grabbed an early lead just 13 seconds into the contest, but a shot by sophomore midfielder Stephanie Dunaj sailed wide of the Springfield goal.

Shanda Kogut used a feed from Nicole Hanewich to put Springfield in front 1-0 in the 11th minute. While making a run down the left side, Kogut collected the ball and executed a give-and-go with Hanewich. After the return pass, she lofted a left-footed strike just off the fingertips of Lyons junior goalkeeper Elaine Harvey.

The Pride set the tone early in the second half, as a free kick from Courtney Price from just outside the box forced Harvey to make an outstanding diving save. She poked the ball off the crossbar and out of bounds.

Jackie Moscardelli found the back of the net in the 57th minute to give the Pride a 2-0 lead. She ripped an unassisted tally from just outside the box.

Price connected with Amber Thornton, who flicked the ball into the right side of the net from ten yards out in the 69th minute to extend the cushion to 3-0.

Six minutes later, Maria Evans found Price all alone in the box. Price received the pass and slipped a shot past Harvey for Springfield's fourth tally of the evening.

Nicole Baker closed out the scoring in the waning seconds, when she made a move to her left and buried a shot into the left side netting from 15 yards out.

Springfield (9-2-2, 4-0-1 NEWMAC) finished with large advantages in both shots (25-3) and corner kicks (12-2).

Harvey turned in a spectacular effort to keep the Lyons in the match. She turned away 11 shots, including several that were taken from point blank range. Her counterpart, Sue Jenney recorded the shutout without making a save on the night.

Mount Holyoke (4-9-0, 1-4-0 NEWMAC) will return to action on Saturday, when it hosts Babson College for a league tilt beginning at 1:00 p.m.