Springfield, Mass. - September 23, 2010 - The Springfield College men's soccer team scored two goals off corner kick and two others on a free kick and penalty kick as it blanked visiting Endicott College, 4-0, in a non-conference contest on Thursday evening on Brock-Affleck Field.
The win makes Springfield 5-2 on the season and snaps its two-game losing skid. Endicott is still searching for its first win this year as it falls to 0-6-1.
Springfield took advantage of the game’s first corner kick as it found the back of the net just 8:03 into the contest. Danny Amato sent his corner into the middle of the box, which classmate Drew Vanasse promptly headed into the top left corner of the goal to give the hosts an early 1-0 lead.
Endicott put on its first real offensive pressure of the opening half as it strung together a pair of dangerous shots with just under 15 minutes remaining in the opening half. Craig Jameson’s bid from 20 yards out deflected off a Springfield defender on its way to the net, but goalkeeper Chris Walton was able to keep the visitors off the board after he punched it over the cross bar. On the ensuing corner kick, Ryan Coates let loose a well-struck ball from 18 yards, however it was right at Walton, who was able to register the save.
Vanasse registered his second goal of the half as he once again got free on a Springfield corner kick. This time, Scott Saucier’s ball found Vanasse on the back post, and the freshman made no mistake as he headed in the Pride’s second strike at the 40:53 mark.
Ryan Malone got into the scoring mix on a simply spectacular free-kick goal in the 62nd minute. Malone hammered a swerving ball from 40 yards out that zipped past Endicott keeper Daniel Higgins as Springfield extended its lead to three. It was Malone’s team-leading fourth goal of the season and marked the second-straight game in which he scored off a free kick.
The Pride continued its offensive pressure and benefited from a penalty kick goal just two minutes later. After Matt Williams was fouled hard in the box, Springfield was awarded a penalty kick. Scott Donofrio calmly stepped up and placed his attempt into top right corner for the Pride’s fourth goal.
Endicott finished the game with a 14-7 advantage in shots. Walton tallied four saves as he earned his fourth clean sheet of the season. Higgins made one stop in the loss.
Springfield will return to conference play on Saturday afternoon when it takes on No. 23 Wheaton College at 1:00 pm.