By Gage Nutter
Assistant Sports Editor
The Pride men’s soccer team has made dominance a habit as of late. The squad picked up their eighth win of the season by a score of 4-0 on Tuesday against Southern Vermont. The win improves the Pride to 8-0-1 on the season..
The scoring started with a header from freshman forward Tyler Sartor off a beautiful pass from fellow freshman Charlie Argyle with 21:50 to go in the first half. The goal was Sartor’s first collegiate score.
“I saw an open space, realized my teammate had the ball, and ran right through it,“ said Sartor. “I saw it go in and thought ‘did I just score?’. Then I turned around and saw everyone go ‘yeah!.”
The second goal of the night came off the foot of junior forward Tim Wood with 17:50 to go in the first. Followed by a header by Christian Schneider with 16:52 to go, assisted by Danny Murphy.
The scoring was capped off by a laser of a shot from Division III All-American Luke Alvaro with 9:46 to go in the 2nd half.
The night was dominated by underclassmen for Springfield, and that is something that head coach Steffan Seibert is very proud of.
“I am really excited for these guys,” said Seibert. “We try to get them into non-conference and conference games as much as we can. Today was a great showing from them. I know they have a little bit of nerves, but i think they came through tonight.”
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Springfield’s offense has dominated all season, however the team’s defense has been playing at a superior level as well. The team has only allowed three goals in nine games. That comes out to 0.36 goals allowed on average.
“If you come to one of our games you will see all 11 men on the field work” said Seibert. “Everyone knows where to be and at what time. I attribute our success on defense as well as offensively to that.
Springfield has now outscored opponents 39-3, an outstanding margin. Seibert attributes that to tremendous work ethic.
“The key to our success is our work rate,” said Seibert. “Our forwards and midfielders press hard, which makes it easier to score. The closer you get the ball near the opponent’s net, the easier it is to score.”
Springfields looks to keep their winning ways going this Saturday at Clark University. Seibert could not be more excited.
“That is one of the games you want to play in,” said Seibert. “Two undefeated teams against each other. We are very excited, the preparation for Clark starts right now.”