Springfield, Mass. - November 2, 2013 - The Springfield College men's soccer team forced double overtime on Saturday, but visiting Coast Guard edged the Pride, 2-1 with a goal in the 109th minute at Brock-Affleck Field on Senior Day.
With just 1:53 left in the second overtime period, Coast Guard's Kyle Grell (Islip Terrace, N.Y.) headed the game-winner into the right corner of the net, with an assist by John Rendon (West Harwich, Mass.).
The Bears finally broke the scoreless tie in regulation in the 64th minute when Robert Copeland (Huntsville, Ala.) came up with a big steal and tapped it into the left side of the goal for a 1-0 lead, but the Pride would answer back.
In the 75th minute, Scott Saucier (Derry, N.H.) knotted it up at a goal apiece with a nice goal. The senior captain beat several defenders on his own and ripped a shot that went above the keeper's hands and into the top of the goal, forcing overtime.
Ryan Malone (Chicopee, Mass.) almost ended the game at the start of double overtime. The senior blasted a well-struck ball into the hands of Coast Guard goalie Richie Burns (Long Beach, Calif.), who held on for the save.
Springfield falls to 13-5 on the season and 3-4 in the NEWMAC while Coast Guard improves to 8-7-3 overall and 3-3-1 in conference play. Saturday's match up was the final game of the regular season for both teams.
In the first half at 35:58, Springfield goalie Billy Schmid (Wethersfield, Conn.) made a big save to preserve a scoreless game. The sophomore dove and got a hand on the ball, hitting it off the post.
With 3:45 left in the first half, Malone sent a hard shot in that was saved by Burns. Malone has several big scoring opportunities in the game.
The Pride came out firing in the second half. With 40:46 left in the game, Drew Sommer (West Chester, Pa.) took a free kick that was perfectly placed and Malone attempted a header that went just wide.
With 33 minutes left on the clock, John Mankus (Vernon, Conn.) had a scoring chance, with traffic in the middle. The senior sent a header in that was bobbled by Burns. The junior eventually came up with the save.
Coast Guard had a chance with 28 minutes left in the game. Rendon's corner kick was corralled by Copeland. Copeland bicycle-kicked it just high. Just 1:10 later, Copeland scored the game's first goal.
Schmid made five saves in goal for Springfield, while Burns had nine saves for Coast Guard.