Springfield College’s Brian Malone netted the match’s only goal at 20:32 as the Pride defeated MIT, 1-0, on Saturday, October 25 at Roberts Field at Steinbrenner Stadium in New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) play. With the win, Springfield improves to 7-5-5 overall and 2-3-1 in conference play, while MIT falls to 6-5-4 and 2-4.
MIT’s Gregory F. Hui ’18, who finished with a career and season-best of five shots, eagerly tried to put the Cardinal and Gray on the board with two consecutive shots in the in the first half that were turned away by Springfield’s goalkeeper Billy Schmid and the Pride’s back line. Malone put the visitors on the board with his fifth goal of the season as he drilled a free kick past MIT’s goalkeeper Jake L. Amereno ’16 into the right upper corner of the net.
Springfield took their one goal advantage into the break and tried to add to their lead early in the second half with a header by Cam Powell in the box that was stopped by Amereno. MIT saw their best chance to even the score midway through the session when Jason E. Adler ’15 directed a shot from outside the box on the nearside that sailed over the Pride’s defense, but landed in the hands of Schmid. A few minutes later, John L. Kramer also tried to put Tech on the board at 62:28 when he fired a shot down the middle that was scooped by Schmid.
Springfield outshot MIT, 13-12, including 7-5 in the first half, while the Engineers held an advantage in corners, nine to two. Schmid finished the contest with four saves and Amereno recorded two stops.
Both teams return to action next week as MIT travels to Emmanuel College on Wednesday, October 29 for a 7 p.m. start, while Springfield heads to Fitchburg State on Tuesday, October 28 for a 7 p.m. kickoff.