By Stephen Monahan
The Springfield College men’s soccer team’s offense have been white hot, leading the team to doubling the scoring average of the next highest team in NEWMAC, Wheaton, who have only average 2.25 goals per game. Powered by a average of 4.33 goals per game, the Pride have been off to a dominating start to the season with a record of 5-0-1.
Springfield, tied for second in the NEWMAC standings behind only Clark, have dominated both sides of the ball, netting 26 goals, while only conceding a total of three goals over their first six games.
“(When) everyone believes in the way we play, the system we play brings out the best in people and everyone is able to play to their strengths,” said men’s soccer head coach Steffen Siebert.
Two players that have stood out for the Pride in the early going have been senior Luke Alvaro and sophomore Christian Schneider. Both players are in the top five rankings for goals and assists in the nation, with Alvaro tallying seven goals and Schneider racking up seven assists respectively.
As a team, Springfield has two of the top five goal scorers and three of the top five assist leaders in the NEWMAC. Though the success they have had early on in the season, the Pride still feel like there is more work that needs to be done.
“So far nothing is accomplished. If the season was over right now, we would not qualify for postseason. We need to do more work and I think the guys see and understand that. So they are still really hungry” said Siebert.
The Pride will look to keep the good times rolling as they come home to face off against Emerson this Saturday.