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Women’s Soccer Shoulders 3-1 Setback in Springfield in NEWMAC Semifinals

Emerson women’s soccer players hug during a 3-1 loss to Springfield in the NEWMAC Championship semifinal round on Thursday, November 1.
By Nick Pezzillo

Senior Jess Frost netted a goal for the Lions deep into the second half, but the No. 3 Emerson women’s soccer team were upended, 3-1, by the No. 2 Springfield Pride on Thursday night in the NEWMAC Championship semifinal round.

The Basics

Score: Springfield 3, Emerson 1

Records: No. 3 Emerson Lions (11-7-1, 7-4-1 NEWMAC); No. 2 Springfield Pride (14-4-1, 8-2 NEWMAC)

Location: Springfield, Massachusetts

Date: Thursday, November 1

Inside the Numbers

  • Frost’s goal counted as her eighth of the year, and was followed by four shots from freshman Grace Cosgrove and a pair from junior Veronica Alberts.
  • Freshman keeper Megan Rose surrendered three goals in the loss and came away with nine saves on 12 shots on target.
  • Sara Swetland picked up a three-point effort for Springfield with a goal and assist, followed by goals from Amanda Wright and Kaleigh Dale, and a helper by Sydney Wine.
  • Jackie Davis came away with three saves in the win for Springfield, and allowed one goal on four shots.
  • Springfield outshot Emerson, 21-10, and also held the advantage in corner kicks, 7-2.

How It Happened

Emerson found themselves in an early 1-0 hole three minutes into the opening half when Swetland slipped a pass to Wright, who put the ball over Rose and into the left side. Springfield registered a pair of shots toward Rose at the 30-minute mark, but the back line was able to clear the ball.

After the Lions held the Pride to a one-goal lead through a chunk of the game, the hosts upped their lead to 2-0 when a rebounded shot by Dale landed on the foot of Swetland, who hammered the ball past Rose.

With 17 minutes left in regulation, the Lions were on the other side of a 3-0 deficit after a corner kick by Wine was followed up by Dale jumping above a defender and put in a header into the top left corner.

Emerson made its way onto the board with 23 ticks on the clock when Frost caught up with a ball that was sent into the box before the the senior headed the 3-1 goal over the hands of Davis.

Up Next

  • Emerson’s 2018 campaign has come to a close.
  • No. 2 Springfield will take on No. 1 MIT in the NEWMAC Championship game on Saturday, November 3.

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