SPRINGFIELD, Mass.-- Coast Guard men's soccer fell 2-1 in the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) opener at Springfield on Saturday afternoon. The Bears drop to 3-4 overall and 0-1 in the conference, while Springfield improves to 2-5-1 on the season and 1-0 in the NEWMAC.
Springfield scored both goals in the first half as they held on for the 2-1 victory. Sophomore Andrew Ma scored his second goal of the season with help from classmate Joseph Olaynack in the sixth minute. Freshman Wil Lawson tallied his first goal of the season, the eventual game-winner in the 24th minute with help from Sajan Harvey to take a 2-0 lead in the half.
Sophomore Mike Daunt scored his third goal of the season in the 79th minute to cut the deficit in half, 2-1. Coast Guard had the final three shots of the game but could not tie it up.
The Bears outshot Springfield, 14-12 overall and 7-4 in the second half and Springfield had a 3-2 advantage in corner kicks.
Coast Guard senior goalkeeper Dakota Harich had five saves in the game and is now 2-3 on the season. Springfield's freshman goalkeeper Clayton Knibbs had four saves in the opening half and classmate Chris Prizio had one save in the second half for the Pride.
The Bears are back home in non-conference action on Tuesday, September 24when they host Mitchell at 4:00 PM.