September 28, 2010


Springfield’s Top Three Scorers All Tally in Fourth Consecutive Win

Providence, RI-The Springfield College women’s soccer team won its fourth straight game with a 4-0 victory at Rhode Island College on a rain-soaked RIC Soccer Field.


The Pride (6-3) notched its fourth shutout of the 2010 campaign as RIC (5-2) drops its second straight contest after starting the season unbeaten through five games.


Junior midfielder Jackie Moscardelli (Weymouth, MA) put the visitors on the board in the ninth minute as she settled a cross from senior defender Gina Calabrese (East Longmeadow, MA) along the top of the 18-yard box. She turned and fired a shot that RIC senior goalkeeper Maddie Pirri (Bristol, RI) dove to stop. Pirri got both hands on the ball, but the torrential rains made handling the ball difficult as it squeaked through for what proved to be the eventual game-winner.


In the 39th minute, sophomore midfielder Ashley McFarlane (Ludlow, MA) threaded the RIC defense with a brilliant pass to a streaking senior forward Brittany Collins (Vernon, CT) who collected the ball and blasted it into the right corner to make it a 2-0 advantage.


The Pride went into the half holding a 12-5 advantage in shots. Just over two minutes into the second half, senior forward Erica Donnelly (Weymouth, MA) took a bang-bang pass from junior striker Katie Mantie (Wallingford, CT) inside the box for the game’s third tally. Mantie sealed the game in the 52nd minute to close out the match’s scoring.


Mantie, Donnelly and Collins all sit atop the Springfield leaders with four goals apiece.


The visitors finished the game with a 23-9 shot advantage. Sophomore goalkeeper Erin Greenstein (Framingham, MA) wasn’t tested often, needing to make just two saves to earn her fourth shutout and improve to 6-3. Pirri made seven saves in a losing effort (5-2) before giving way to freshman Abygayle Fisher (Exeter, NH) for the final 15 minutes.



 Sophomore midfielder Libby Lazar


RIC had two good opportunities to score in the second half, but sophomore midfielder Libby Lazar (Wakefield, RI) hit the crossbar and freshman Mariah Gonzalez’s (Harrisville, RI) shot that eluded Greenstein was cleared out of harm’s way by SC senior defender Courtney Price (Enfield, CT).


In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will travel to Thomas College on Thursday, Sept. 30.