Springfield, Mass. -- November 7, 2010 -- Suzanne Silva scored a goal early in the second half to lead her Springfield College women's soccer team to a 1-0 victory in the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference championship game at SC's Irv Schmid Sports Complex. The win means the Pride will advance to the NCAA Tournament.
With the win, Springfield raises its overall record to 15-4, while Babson falls to 11-7-2. Springfield yesterday defeated Wheaton, 2-1, while Babson advanced to the final by outscoring MIT, 4-3, in penalty kicks following a 0-0 tie.
It was Springfield's second NEWMAC Tournament title in three years, and third title in the past six years. SC also won NEWMAC Championships in 2005 and 2008.
In the first half, Springfield and Babson played fairly evenly, with Babson registering a slight advantage in shots on goal, 5-3. SC had a slight edge in corner kicks 2-1. Babson had a wind advantage in that half.
But in the second half, Springfield immediately went on the offensive. Silva, a senior midfielder from nearby Ludlow, Mass., was set up by junior midfielder Jackie Moscardelli (Weymouth, Mass.) inside the box. Silva's shot skipped by Babson goalkeeper Lisa Wojnar (Bellaire, Tex.) at the 48:48 mark, or just 3:48 into the second half.
Babson picked up the pace in the very latter stages of the game, but Springfield outshot the Beavers, 9-1, in the second half. For the game, SC outshot Babson, 12-6.
Springfield sophomore goalkeeper Erin Greenstein (Framingham, Mass.) was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player, presented by the conference for the first time this season. She was credited with four saves, all in the first half when Babson had the better of its chances.
For Babson, Wojnar made seven saves.
Springfield now awaits the NCAA Tournament selection tomorrow, which will take place Monday morning.
Erin Greenstein, the NEWMAC Women's Soccer Championship's Most Outstanding Player