November 1, 2008 - The Springfield College women’s soccer team continued its strong play as it blanked WPI, 4-0, in the quarterfinals of the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Women’s Soccer Tournament on Saturday afternoon.
With the win, the 20th-ranked Pride improve to 13-3-2 on the year, while the Engineers season comes to a close with a 7-11-1 record.
The top-seeded Pride will host the semifinals of the tournament on Saturday, Nov. 1. Springfield awaits to see who it will play in the 3:00 pm contest.
The Pride’s offense continued to click as it netted four goals in the game. In its last four games, Springfield has outscored its opponents 18-1.
Jackie Moscardelli opened up the scoring in the fifth minute as she dribbled into the box and slipped a shot past Abaigeal Caras to the right to give Springfield a 1-0 lead.
Just over nine minutes later, Caitlin Sawczuk was tripped in the box and the Pride was awarded a penalty kick. Delaney Cantrall calmly tucked her shot into the lower left corner as Springfield owned a 2-0 advantage heading into halftime.
Five minutes into the second stanza Sawczuk found Nicole Hanewich inside the box, and the senior striker notched her team-leading eighth goal of the year as she touched it into the back of the net.
Kayla Thibeault rounded out the Pride’s offensive attack as she ripped a left-footed strike in the 83rd minute from inside the box for Springfield’s fourth-goal of the game.
The Pride owned a 16-1 advantage in shots in the game, as well as an 8-1 edge in corner kicks.
Sue Jenney and Katie Delude combined for the shutout, although neither made a save in the contest. Caras made three saves in goal and allowed all four of the Pride’s tallies.
Springfield will host the semifinals of the tournament on Saturday, Nov. 1. Springfield will take on the fifth-seeded MIT Engineers.