Beverly, Mass. - September 23, 2013 - Senior Ryan Malone (Chicopee, Mass.) struck for the game's only game in the 52nd minute to give the Springfield College men's soccer team a 1-0 win over host Endicott on Monday.
At 51:36 Springfield finally found the back of the net off a great three man effort from junior Drew Sommer (West Chester, Pa.), and seniors Danny Amato (Newington, Conn.) and Malone. Sommer started off with the ball and made a crisp pass to Amato who found Malone on the left side. Malone was able to make a quick move past an Endicott defender and found the left back corner of the net for the game's only goal.
Endicott had an opportunity in the opening minutes of the game as senior Bobby Durben (Stow, Mass.) took the ball on a breakaway and ran towards the goal. Freshman goalkeeper Zach Richard (Millbury, Mass.) ran out towards Durben and made an incredible slide tackle to take the ball away and come up with the save. The Gulls kept chugging in the final third taking six shots but were unsuccessful. The first half was tough for both sides as it ended in a stalemate, 0-0.
The second half showed even more shots by the Pride as they took 15 to keep the Gulls defense on their toes, until Malone struck. The senior led the Pride with nine shots on the night. As a team, Springfield outshot Endicott 27-15.
The Gulls were led by junior Connor Gibbs (Westborough, Mass.) and freshman Edwin Demoya (Salem, Mass.), who combined for eight shots. Demoya had a great opportunity at 82:09 after he blasted a shot at goal to the left corner but Richard was able to come up with his best save of the night to keep the Gulls off the board. That shot would be the last big opportunity for Endicott as the horn went off and the Pride came out with the victory.
Richard finished with seven saves in goal for Springfield while Endicott's Austin Peluso (Farmington, Conn.) had nine saves.
Springfield improves to 5-2, (0-1 NEWMAC) while Endicott falls to 4-5, (1-1 CCC). The Pride will travel to Emerson on Saturday. The conference clash starts at noon.