Pride Slips by Bears; CGA Secures NEWMAC Tournament Spot

Austin Read
Austin Read

NEW LONDON, Conn. - Springfield used two second half goals to top Coast Guard 2-1 in both teams final regular season game of the year.

With the loss the Bears fall to 9-5-3 overall and 2-3-2 in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) action. The Pride, ranked 23rd in the nation according to d3soccer.com and seventh in the region, improves to a 16-1-1 on the season and 5-1-1 in the conference.  

The earns earned the fifth seed in the NEWMAC tournament which begins on Wednesday. The Bears will play at fourth-seeded Wheaton on Wednesday at 2:30 p..m. 

Coast Guard jumped out to a quick 1-0 lead just under four minutes into the match as sophomore Patrick Palermo-Re sent a corner kick into the box. Junior Austin Read rose up over a Springfield defender and headed the ball into the left corner for his fifth goal of the year. 

The Bears defense combined with the wind at their back helped hold the Springfield offense at bay and held them to only two shots in the first half.

Junior Luke Telang nearly pushed the lead to two in the fortieth minute when he dribbled into the left side of the Pride's penalty box. Telang cut to his right finding space towards the top of the box and ripped a curling shot that went just over the bar and out of play.

In the second half Springfield was able to get their offense going at the 50:03 mark when sophomore Xavi Arroyo connected on a bouncing ball at the top of the Bears penalty box and looped a pass over the Coast Guard defense. Junior Danny Murphy met the service and one touched it into the left corner for his second goal of the season tying the score at one. 

Palermo-Re had an opportunity to put the Bears ahead in the 67th minute when he beat a defender and fired a shot towards the left corner of the Pride's goal. Sophomore goalkeeper Stewart Frank dove to his right and got a touch to the ball knocking it wide for a corner.

Springfield took the lead in the 69th minute when Murphy played a quick corner to sophomore Keon Haji on the left side. Murphy overlapped Haji, who played the ball back to him. Murphy sent a cross right towards goal and sophomore Brad Deckel flicked it on into the right corner for his fourth goal of the season and the 2-1 lead.

Coast Guard had two late chances as Telang once again had an opportunity on a shot at the top of the Springfield penalty box. He hit a shot curling towards the right corner but Frank dove to his left making the save and ending the attack.

Telang was also part of the final chance for the Bears as he received a pass off a free kick on the right side of the Pride's 18 yard box. Telang drove the ball back across the front of goal but was unable to connect with a teammate and Springfield was able to clear the ball and take the 2-1 win.

Freshman Dakota Harich (3-3-1) made one save on three shots on goal. 

Freshman Camden Spear started in net for Springfield making two saves on three shots on goal. Frank (2-0) relieved Spear in the second half making two saves on two shots on goal.

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