Springfield's late goal sinks Wheaton, 1-0
NORTON, Mass. – Junior Courtney Letourneau (Paxton, Mass./Long Island University) scored the only goal of the match with 12:26 remaining in the second half to lift the Springfield College women's soccer team to a 1-0 win over Wheaton College in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) action Saturday afternoon at Mirrione Stadium.
The win moves the Pride to 9-3-1 (5-0-1 NEWMAC) and extends their win streak over Wheaton to three matches (all one goal victories). The loss snaps the Lyons (11-2-2, 5-1-0 NEWMAC) six-match win streak and marks their first loss in 10 matches. They entered the match ranked 17th in this week's National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) poll. Springfield received votes in the poll.
With the match still scoreless entering the late stages of the second half, Letourneau collected a loose ball and lofted a shot from 25 yards out towards the net. Wheaton senior goalkeeper and two-time reigning NEWMAC Defensive Player of the Week Lindsay Leddy (Warwick, R.I./Wheeler School) jumped to knock the shot down, but the ball struck her hands and deflected into the right side of the net, just inside the post.
The two schools played a very even first half which ended with the Pride holding a slim 7-6 edge in shots. Springfield possessed the best scoring opportunity for either side in the first half when senior Jackie Moscardelli (Weymouth, Mass./Weymouth) drilled a shot from the top of the box that was batted away by Leddy. The rebound lay loose for a few seconds before the goalkeeper covered the ball.
Eight minutes into the second half, Springfield sophomore Ashley Carresi (Billerica, Mass./Marlborough) nearly broke the tie as she lofted a shot towards the far right post that just snuck over the net. Later, the Lyons were awarded a free kick a few yards outside the box towards the left side of the field, but senior Kaitlyn Mawicke's (Trumbull, Conn./Notre Dame Catholic) shot went over the net.
Junior Erin Greenstein (Framingham, Mass./Framingham) made five saves to earn her ninth win of the season and seventh shutout for the Pride. Leddy recorded four saves and saw her record dip to 10-2-1. The Pride outshot the Lyons 10-4 in the second half and finished the match with a 16-11 edge.
The Lyons return to action on Tuesday when they host Babson at 3 p.m. The Pride entertain Clark at 7 p.m.