Springfield, Mass. – September 5, 2010 - The Springfield College men’s soccer team continued its hot start to the 2010 campaign as it blanked local-foe Westfield State, 3-0, in the Springfield College Invitational on Sunday afternoon.
Springfield now stands at 2-0 and has won its first two games of the season for the first time since 2004. Westfield State drops to 2-1.
In game #2 today, Johnson & Wales and Thomas fought to a 0-0 draw.
The match proved to be a physical one as the teams combined for 43 fouls, including 27 in the first half.
After a scoreless first half, Drew Vanasse registered his first collegiate goal in the 73rd minute. After Eric Stalsburg beat his man down the left flank, he centered a pass across the goal mouth underneath an outstretched Westfield State goalie, Jeff Pepoli. Vanasse ran onto the ball from the right and slammed home the eventual game-winner on the door step.
Just under seven minutes later, Stalsburg added a goal of his own. Stalsburg outran an Owl defender chasing after a through ball from Danny Amato and poked home a shot past an approaching Pepoli into the back of the net.
Springfield’s third and final goal of the contest came in the 85th minute after a beautiful display of teamwork. Stalsburg once again jumpstarted the play as he delivered a feed to Alex Reilly who was all alone on the right flank. Reilly carried the ball into the box before floating a cross to Michael Fowler, who buried a header for his first collegiate marker.
Chris Walton recorded his first shutout of the season and needed to make just three saves to do so. Pepoli took the loss as he gave up three goals while posting six saves.
For the game, Springfield held an 18-8 advantage in shots, including a 13-3 edge in the second half.
The Pride, which plays six of its first seven games at home, next hosts Keene State on Wednesday at 7:00 pm.
Game #2 -- Johnson & Wales 0, Thomas 0
JWU/Thomas Box Score
Joe Ferraro saved a penalty kick with 1:25 left in the second overtime session to preserve a scoreless draw for the Johnson and Wales men’s soccer team against Thomas in the Springfield College Invitational on Sunday afternoon.
With the draw, both teams' records now stand at 0-1-1 this season.
Johnson and Wales held a slight 17-16 advantage in shots, while Thomas had eight corner kicks compared to five for Johnson and Wales.
Johnson and Wales had the game’s other prime scoring chance in the 30th minute. At that time, Thomas was called for a foul on their own six yard line, giving Johnson and Wales an indirect free kick. However, a wall of Terriers across the goal line blocked three consecutive Wildcat shots to keep the game scoreless.
Ferraro, who proved to be the hero of the game, made eight saves to earn the shutout. His counterpart, Nick McCann, made five saves, also being credited with a shutout.