WELLESLEY, Mass., October 21, 2006 – Springfield College sophomore midfielder Lauren Peltier (Agawam, Mass.) scored her fourth goal of the season in the 59th minute to lift the Pride to a 2-1 victory over host Wellesley College in New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) soccer action on Saturday afternoon.
Wellesley, who was previously tied for third in conference standings with SC, drops to 9-5 overall and 5-3 in the NEWMAC, while the Pride improves to 10-4 and 6-2 in NEWMAC play.
SC opened the scoring at 7:14 into the match, as junior midfielder Lindsay Bugbee (Granby, Conn.) finished a scramble in front of the goal to give the Pride a 1-0 advantage. SC continued its offensive pressure in the first frame, holding 10-5 and 4-0 advantages in shots and corner kicks, respectively, but Wellesley’s first-year goalie Katie Martore grabbed eight first-half saves to keep the Pride from capitalizing on any chances before the break.
The Blue evened the game at 1-1 in the second stanza when sophomore midfielder Dee Garrahan finished a long pass from senior co-captain Elise Duryee-Browner. The tally was Garrahan’s fifth on the season. The tie, however, was short-lived as Peltier’s game-winning score came just four minutes later. Sophomore back Kayla Thibeault (Lebanon, Conn.) served a direct kick from the left side of the field which Peltier knocked past Martore for the 2-1 victory.
Martore turned away 15 shots for the Blue, while SC sophomore Sue Jenney (East Granby, Conn.) notched seven saves in the Pride win.
Wellesley will close out its regular-season on Wednesday (Oct.25) when the Blue travels to Smith College for a 3:00 p.m. NEWMAC contest, as SC wraps up its regular-season action on Tuesday evening, October 24th, when SC hosts WPI under the lights at 7:00 p.m.