Bears Nipped by Pride

Bears Nipped by Pride

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. - Behind goals from junior forward Luke Alvaro and senior A.J. Vico the Springfield College men's soccer program finished the regular season with a 2-0 win over Coast Guard in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC).

With the loss, Coast Guard finishes the season with a record of 5-12-1 (2-4-1).With the win, Springfield improves to 13-3-1 (4-2-1), and closes the regular-season slate with a Division III program record .794 winning percentage.

Senior goalkeeper Billy Schmid finished the contest with two stops, while his counterpart, freshman goalkeeper William Bragaw registered ten stops on the afternoon.

After a scoreless first half, the Pride broke the tie just 2:07 into the second half when senior Connor Archambault took a free kick that was redirected into the back of the net by Alvaro for his team-leading 13th goal of the season.

Springfield gained a 2-0 lead on the Bears with 3:38 remaining in the contest, when Vico registered his third goal of the season. Vico took a pass from freshman Xavi Arroyo on the left flank and drilled the right upper 90 from well outside the box sealing the victory for Springfield

Freshman goalkeeper finishes the year with a 4-5-1 record. Bragaw made 10 saves on 11 shots on goal, allowing one goal. Freshman goalkeeper Marshall Grant relieved Bragaw allowing one goal on one shot on goal.

Senior Goalkeeper Billy Schmid (9-3-1) faced three shots, two on goal, making two saves

This was the final game for seniors Lukas Benedetto, Ricky Davies, and Jasen Kingsley. They finish their Coast Guard career with a combined 40 wins, an ECAC New England Championship, and helped the Bears to their first NCAA tournament appearance in 33 years.

Congratulations seniors on a successful four year run.