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Athletes of the Week: Billy Schmid and Katie Gill

Alex Thomas
Staff Writer

 

Billy Schmid

Photo Courtesy: www.spfldcol.edu
Photo Courtesy: www.spfldcol.edu

The Springfield College men’s soccer team had a great regular season, coming in at 13-6 after losing in the quarterfinals of the NEWMAC Tournament. The team has gotten contributions from all over the place this year, including in goal. Goaltending is one of the most underrated positions in soccer and is one of the toughest positions to play in all of sports. Luckily for the Pride, Billy Schmid provides them with a steady netminder. “Overall, I think this season has gone great both personally and for the team,” said Schmid. “Personally, I came into preseason wanting to make myself better. I wanted to see myself and my team succeed, but I knew the only thing I had control over was myself.”

 Q. You played 45 minutes in the win last Wednesday against Fitchburg State, then played the entire 2-OT game against Coast Guard. Thoughts on your performance?
A. I thought both my team and I played really well this last week. Fitchburg State is always a good team to play. Although their record didn’t really show their strength, they took several well-known DIII schools into overtime. Q. Overall, how do you think the season has gone for both you personally and for your team, which has enjoyed some real success with a 13-6 record?

A. I needed to get better and better with every practice and do what I could to help out my team. Last year, I spent a good portion of the season on the sidelines supporting my team. The guys on the sideline are just as important as the guys on the field.

Q. How does losing conference games during the regular season help your team improve come playoff time?

A.  After every loss, we grew and made ourselves better. We are probably the only team in the conference that consistently does better every time we play a team. We study what we did wrong so that the next time we step onto that field and play them again, we will do even better.

 

Katie Gill

Photo Courtesy: www.spfldcol.edu
Photo Courtesy: www.spfldcol.edu

The Springfield College field hockey team had an up-and-down season this year, finishing with a 6-11 record and an even 4-4 record in league play. The team showed a lot of good signs throughout the season, and even though the win/loss total isn’t what the team was hoping for, there are a lot of positives from the 2013 season. One of those big positives was sophomore Katie Gill, who took a step forward and became an impact player on the team. She proved that this past week by scoring a goal and adding a number of chances in two game

 Q. After scoring a goal and firing multiple shots on net, what are your thoughts on your week of play?A. I thought the team played well against Salem State, but unfortunately we did not come out on top and I think that we took that and went into Saturday’s NEWMAC game as a motivation to win.

Q. What are your overall thoughts on the year as the regular season draws to an end?

A. The season as a whole has been up-and-down, but the majority of our losses are by one goal and that’s very frustrating as a team. It is definitely not a lack of effort because we are working so hard in every game and every minute. 

Q. Being a sophomore you still have two years left; as a player, what are your goals moving forward, and do you like where your game is at after two years on the squad?

A. We are so close and that makes playing with them so much more enjoyable. I am happy with where I am as a player, but I know that there is always room for improvement and I’m excited for these next two years in this program.

 

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