Springfield, Mass. - September 14, 2013 - It took until the 106th minute, but the Springfield College women’s soccer team finally broke through a scoreless tie to defeat the UMass Dartmouth Corsairs 1-0 on Saturday afternoon at the Irv Schmid Sports Complex.
With the win, the Pride improve to 3-1 on the year, while the Corsairs drop to 2-3-1 overall.
With 4:38 remaining in the second overtime period, freshman midfielder Julia Cormier (New Bedford, Mass.) sent in a line drive off of a corner kick, only to find the head of sophomore Jessica Miller (Southbury, Conn.), who placed the ball just past the outstretched hands of UMass Dartmouth goalie Shelby Friedland (New Bedford, Mass.).
Despite taking the loss, Friedland made 11 saves and kept her squad in the match throughout with some spectacular saves.
The two sides were evenly matched in the first half, trading scoring chances early. With 30 seconds remaining in the opening half, it appeared as if Springfield was about to be given a 1-0 edge when senior midfielder Karly Barrett (Sparta, N.J.) was alone at the top of the box, but her contested bid was just wide.
Springfield had most of the scoring chances early on in the second half, with the most prominent coming with 32:51 left in regulation. Kim Rasmussen (Berlin, Conn.) was taken down just outside the box, and the Pride was awarded a free kick. With a wall of UMass Dartmouth defenders in front of her, senior midfielder Ashley Carresi (Billerica, Mass.) placed the ball over them, but the attempt was saved by Friedland.
Just 20 minutes later, with 12:01 remaining, Miller forwarded the ball to classmateNicole Fowler (Maynard, Mass.), who collected the ball and streaked down the left side of the field. After getting free from her defender, Fowler fired a shot towards the right side of the cage but a diving save from Friedland kept the Pride offense at bay.
The teams battled back-and-forth for the first overtime period, with Springfield getting a majority of the chances. Advancing to the second overtime period, the Pride continued to press the Corsairs goal, but could not solve Friedland until Miller’s late game heroics.