This past Saturday, the Springfield College Pride had their signature win of the 2013 football season.
It was a comeback that few saw coming, as the banged-up Pride hosted powerhouse St. Lawrence and trailed 13-0 at halftime. Someone forgot to tell the Pride that the game was over, however, as the team stormed back to win 21-20 on a late game, two-yard touchdown run. It was a great team effort all around, from a defense that allowed only seven points in the second half, to a special teams’ unit that took a kick return into the end zone, and to an offense, led by quarterback Tim O’Brien, that scored 14 second-half points.
Q. Saturday was your first start of the year. How did you prepare for it and get yourself ready to lead the offense?
A. I went through the week practicing with a little more focus knowing I was getting the start. I spent more time watching film trying to be as prepared as I could be.
Q. In the comeback win Saturday, the team struggled a little in the first half, but dominated the second half en route to a win. How important was that to you to get that win and lead the offense the way you did in the second half?
A. It was a great team win. We had a lot of mistakes, but no one pointed fingers. We stuck together and kept grinding, knowing we were knocking on the door the entire second half. To come back and score with just minutes on the clock was amazing. The defense played phenomenally the entire game and kept us in it. To finish it off with a pick was a great way to cap our run.
Q. Building off that last question, was it a matter of getting more comfortable under center and throwing the ball, and how do you and the team plan to build off that?
A. I think when we started to throw the ball, we got them on their heels a little bit. The receivers were able to make some big plays that provided a spark for us to build on.
The Springfield College women’s soccer team has had a successful season to this point, going 11-4-2, as they are on their way to the NEWMAC Tournament in the upcoming weeks. The Pride have recently rattled off wins over Simmons, Mount Holyoke, Emerson, Clark and Smith, continuing their successful run within league play. One of the big reasons for the great start for the Pride has been goaltending, which was on full display this past weekend when the Pride tied WPI in Worcester. I was able to catch up with freshman goalie Sarah Myers, who has been a big part of the team’s success.
Q. You played 65 shutout minutes this weekend against WPI. How important was that for you to play that well in such a tight game?
A. I saw how hard my teammates were working and that motivated me to do my best. Our offense did a good job keeping the ball and creating opportunities, while the defense stopped the attacks when the ball came in the defensive third.
Q. From a team standpoint, you are 11-4-2 this season. Some thoughts on the results to this point? Is the team happy with where it’s at right now?
A. We just need to keep winning. Everyone is working hard day in and day out. We are happy, but we won’t be satisfied until we achieve our goal of winning NEWMACs.
Q. You finish the season on Saturday against Wellesley, then head to NEWMACs. What are the expectations for this team as you get into the most important part of the season?
A. Right now we are focusing on Saturday’s game, which is Senior Day. It is a must-win for us. As far as the postseason goes, we will just keep working hard in order to win games.