Hoops, Defense Shine in Women's Soccer's Scoreless Draw at Springfield

Jane Bingel

Springfield, MA --- The WPI and Springfield women's soccer team played to a scoreless tie Saturday afternoon at Brock-Affleck Field.

With the draw, the Pride is now 8-4-3 on the year with a 4-2-3 mark in conference, while the Engineers, which were ranked No. 9 in the first NCAA Division III women's soccer regional rankings of the fall, are now 12-2-2 overall and 6-1-1 in the NEWMAC.

In net, senior goalkeeper Brooke Fairman (Huntington, MA) earned the start and made one save over 45 minutes of play, while junior Ciara Boucher (Manchester, CT) came on at halftime and also made one stop over 65:00 of play to keep the Engineers at bay. For WPI, sophomore goalkeeper Gabi Hoops (Stonington, CT) posted five saves in the tie.

Springfield College held an 8-5 advantage after 45 minutes of play, and controlled most of the play in the first stanza. The Pride almost struck in the opening minutes of the game when junior forward Kim Quiles (Poughkeepsie, NY) put a header on net, but Hoops was able to control the shot to keep the Pride off the scoreboard.

In the final minutes of the second overtime period, both sides were given chances, as a ball sent into the box by Dakota Kelly (Bethany, CT) was tipped by Amanda Wright (Pittsfield, MA) and the ball rolled between Hoops' legs and towards the empty net, but junior Karina Larson (Storrs, CT) was able to catch up to the ball and clear it before it crossed the goal mouth.

With under 10 seconds to play, a Springfield foul resulted in a direct free kick for the Engineers just outside the box. As the ball was played in, senior Jane Bingel (Wrentham, MA) had two chances on net but the Pride's stout defense held tough and blocked both shots.

Up next, WPI travels to Clark for a 7pm NEWMAC matchup Tuesday and Springfield will travel to take on Roger Williams in non-conference play on Wednesday. 

Release Courtesy Springfield Sports Information

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