Springfield’s men’s soccer is currently on a seven-game winning streak, their largest since joining NCAA D-III in 1995. On Wednesday, Oct. 9, Springfield recorded their eighth shutout of the season. The Pride’s freshman goalkeeper Zach Richard rejected Framingham State’s only shot on goal during that game. Richard has only allowed one goal this season, while recording 19 saves. He has a .950 save percentage and a 3-0 record. Richard, who credits his defense, is looking forward to the NEWMACs, but has his eyes on something bigger – the NCAA Tournament. Springfield will continue NEWMAC play as they visit Babson on Saturday, Oct. 19.
Q. You have been playing very well this season. As a freshman, has the transition to college been smooth?
A.The transition was actually hard. There was so much information to take in to be prepared for the season with the style we play. However, the coaches and players made the transition so easy.
Q. Only one goal has been scored against you this season. What do you attribute your success to?
A. I attribute it all entirely to my team. As a goalie I am just the last line of defense. I would be nothing without my teammates in front of me. My defense is very strong and works well together. They prevent the shots from even getting to me.
Q. Do you have any personal goals at this point in the season?
A. I just want to continue getting better and continue playing. I’m here for four years on the team, so I just want to keep growing as a player and learn as much as I can from Coach Siebert. I also want to continue breaking history, keeping shutouts and winning games, but most of all stay close as a family with this team.
Women’s volleyball has won three-straight and currently boasts a 17-2 record. This past weekend, two members of the Pride were named to the Tom Hay Invitational All-Tournament Team, including Kelsey McGayhey. During the first match of the tournament against Roger Williams, McGayhey recorded 12 kills and four blocks in four sets. McGayhey, a sophomore, had 22 total kills in the tournament. McGayhey also had nine kills on October 15, as the Pride resumed conference play and visited Mount Holyoke. Still, McGayhey is always trying to improve and has very big goals for the team. The Pride will now be heading down to Texas for the Trinity Fall Classic. They will play four games in the Lone Star State, beginning with two matches on Friday, Oct. 18, against Webster and Southwestern.
Q. Congratulations on being named All Tournament this past weekend. What are your goals for the rest of the season?
A. My goals all involve my team; volleyball is a team sport. I want to personally continue to give to the team rather than take. I literally cannot do anything without the team effort. We plan to succeed in taking the NEWMAC title, then regionals, and then going to take the national title.
Q. As a sophomore, is there anything you have tried to improve or build upon from last year?
A. I am always trying to improve; there is never a time where I will just be content with where I am. I will always continue to work on my mental toughness and my weaknesses.
Q. The team has been playing very well. How much confidence does that provide at this point in the season?
A. Confidence is key in volleyball, and yes we have been doing very well in the season, but we like to look toward and prepare for what is happening next.