Springfield, Mass. - October 27, 2012 - The Springfield College men's soccer team scored twice in the opening 3:46 of the game and went on to defeat WPI, 3-1, in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) action on Saturday afternoon at the Irv Schmid Sports Complex.
Springfield (7-9-2, 3-2-1 NEWMAC) has earned the third seed in the upcoming conference tournament and will take on second-seeded Coast Guard next Saturday. The Pride is 5-1-1 in its last seven outings and has gone 3-0-1 in conference play after dropping its first two league matches. The Engineers dropped to 11-5, 2-4 and missed out on this year's conference tournament after finishing sixth in the league standings.
Just 1:16 into game, Springfield's Kevin Nowak scored to put the Pride on the board early. John Mankus sent a long ball from midfield into the center of the box, which Nowak controlled in the air, before getting past the goalie for the game's first marker.
Nowak then factored in on what would prove to be the game-winning goal at the 3:46 mark. With the ball on the top left corner of the 18 yard box, Nowak tapped a pass to his right, which Danny Amato received and slotted a shot on the run into the bottom right corner.
The visitors got one back in the 32nd minute to make it a one-goal game heading into the half. Sean Galligan's corner kick was drilled towards the back post, which Chris Ciampa headed home.
Nowak sealed the game with his second goal of the contest with 4:37 left in regulation. The sophomore beat his man to the right, carried the ball into the middle of the box, and blasted a ball into the right corner from 13 yards out, sending the Springfield senior class off with a win in their final home game.
The Pride owned a 14-5 advantage in shots for the game, including an 11-2 edge in the second half. Jeff Wong made four saves for WPI, while BIlly Schmid and Chris Walton split time in goal, each making a stop.