Cabral, a junior forward, has been a key component of the Springfield College field hockey team’s offense this year, but especially this past week. She posted an impressive six-point week for a pair of crucial victories for the Pride. In wins over both Smith and Salem State, the Math and Secondary Education major netted two goals, including a game-winning strike with 4:07 remaining to lift the Pride to a 2-1 victory over Smith on Saturday.
Q. As a big part of the SCFH offense, what is your job besides scoring goals?
A. My job is to deceptively distribute the ball the to my teammates, in order for us to score as a team.
Q. SCFH is on a three-game winning streak, with two conference wins, what has been working personally and as a team as of late?
A. Things that are working individually are having a connection on and off the field with each and every one of my teammates.
Q. What are your goals for the rest of the season?
A. My goals for the rest of the season are to take each game at a time, and to head for the NEWMAC championship.
Allen, a senior midfielder, has played a valuable role in the Pride’s 8-5-5 record so far this season. A native of Southbridge, Mass., Allen has been a key component for the Pride’s midfield in their three victories this past week. Against Keene State, Allen was instrumental in holding the Owls off the scoreboard and only limiting its attack to seven shots and only two on goal. On Saturday, Allen played a major role in controlling the midfield for the Pride, which allowed Springfield to clip the Engineers 1-0.
Q. What’s been the driving force for you to continue playing at such a high-level?
A. The driving force is basically my love of soccer. I’ve been playing since I was around six and it was always an escape for me and an opportunity to meet new people. I can’t ever get sick or tired of playing soccer, it is my passion and it is such a beautiful and rhythmic sport.
Q. What is your main job on the field every game?
A. My main job on the field every game is to communicate and organize the midfield. My main priority is to shut down their midfield, and create opportunities offensively. I try to lead by example every time I step on the field