Feeding off the energy of an East Coast Athletic Conference title victory in 2016, the Springfield College Pride opened the gates in 2017 with the same intense high pressure system employed by head coach Steffen Siebert leading to a 3-0 victory over the Gordon College Fighting Scots.
On top of beginning the season with back-to-back wins, the Pride have scored 12 goals in that span and have given Siebert satisfaction is his squad’s defensive presence.
“I’m more excited that we have only received one goal in two games,” Siebert said. “The key is that if we just keep a tight defense, we only need one goal to win.”
With 3:32 left in the first half, Cam Powell netted his first goal of the campaign, and the Pride’s first of the day, on a cross from Xavi Arroyo which propelled the Pride to continue a notable presence throughout the first half.
After continuous pressure from Springfield, a free kick was awarded and taken by goalkeeper Stewart Frank. He sent the ball flying from midfield into the 18-yard box which was headed past the opposing goalie by junior Christian Schneider with 10:58 left in the opening half.
Free kicks seemed to be working for the maroon and white on Wednesday afternoon, adding their second set piece goal from the head of junior defender Brad Deckel on a well placed ball from Jimmy Wilcox.
While the Pride were flying on the offensive end of the field, their defense was working in sync on the opposite side. The back four comprised of Deckel, Powell, Douglas Enga, and Harry Davis were controlling the level of the field that Gordon could play and dictating the passing lanes. The result of this solid defensive outing: only one total shot on goal for the fighting scots that occurred in the last 25 minutes.
“They key is that everybody does everything at the same time so we are synchronized the whole time,” Siebert added.
After taking down a tough Gordon College team, who was ranked through the entirety of the 2016 season, the Pride and their intense play-style return to Brock-Affleck Field on Saturday to face-off against Westfield St. Owls at 11 a.m.