Springfield, Mass. - October 10, 2009 - A late-first half goal from Brittany Collins proved to be the difference maker as the Springfield College women's soccer team defeated Wheaton College, 2-1, in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) action on Saturday.
Springfield remains unbeaten in league play as it improves to 7-2-3, 2-0-2 in NEWMAC action, while the Lyons drop to 12-2, 3-1 in league play.
The game, which was a rematch of last season's NEWMAC Tournament Championship game, was played in blustery conditions as each team scored when it was playing with the wind at its back.
The Pride took advantage early as it netted the first goal of the game in the 17th minute. Junior Courtney Price lofted an accurate lead pass from the Pride's backline to sophomore Katie Mantie. Mantie slipped through the Lyons defense and found the back of the net for her team-leading fourth goal of the season.
With the first half coming to a close, junior Brittany Collins was able to find an opening in the tight defense of the Lyons after she received a pass from Amber Thornton. In the 44th minute, Collins let loose a cannon from 25 yards out that found the upper corner of the goal as the Pride went into the half up 2-0.
Wheaton poured on the pressure in the second half, outshooting the hosts, 8-5 in the frame. Lyndsey McManus brought Wheaton within one as she scored in the 77th minute, but that would be all the scoring the Lyons would get.
Springfield didn't back down as just over two minutes later, Collins's attempt found the crossbar. Wheaton nearly tied the game up in the waning minutes as Bailey Bowling's shot caromed off the crossbar in the 86th minute.
The Lyons outshot Springfield, 12-10, in the the game and had a 5-1 edge in corner kicks. Lindsay Leddy made two saves for Wheaton, while Hanna MacDougall picked up the win as she totaled four saves in goal for Springfield.
On Tuesday, the Pride will continue league play as it travels to take on Mount Holyoke at 4:30 pm.