Springfield, Mass. – September 8, 2012 - The Springfield College men's soccer team's constant offensive pressure finally paid off with two goals in the final seven minutes as it defeated visiting Mitchell College, 2-0, on Saturday afternoon.
For head coach Steffen Siebert, it marked his first career victory at the helm of the Pride. Springfield improves to 1-3 on the year, while the Mariners are now 1-1.
Springfield nearly struck first as for the second-straight game, Springfield was awarded a penalty kick in the first half. Following a foul on Ben Marcus in the box, the Pride’s David Chessen took the kick for the hosts. However, Chessen’s bid was just wide as the game remained scoreless with just over 19 minutes left in the half.
The teams went into halftime tied at zero, and it there was a chance midway through the second half the game was going to be called due to thunder and lightning. The game was delayed for 30 minutes, but once the storm passed, the teams resumed play with just over 14 minutes left in regulation.
The Pride’s pressure finally paid off in the 83rd minute. After Austin Vico sent a cross from the end line, Michael Fowler clanged a header off the cross bar for the second time in the half. Kevin Nowak collected the loose ball inside the six and poked home a shot with his left foot in the right corner for the game’s first goal.
Scott Saucier tacked on an insurance goal with 2:10 left in regulation. Chessen worked his way in the box before delivering the the ball back to Saucier. The junior made a move to his right and ripped a shot into the top right corner.
Springfield dominated the game throughout, owning a 28-2 advantage in shots, including a 16-0 advantage in shots on goal. Springfield also took 10 corner kicks, while holding Mitchell without an attempt.
Ramazan Sinani kept his squad in the game throughout, posting 14 saves in the loss. Brett Bascom did not need to make a save to earn the shutout.
Springfield will wrap up its three-game homestand on Tuesday evening when it hosts Wesleyan at 7:00 pm.