NEW LONDON, Conn., November 8, 2005 - Springfield College freshman midfielder Lauren Peltier (Agawam, Mass.) has been named this season's New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Women's Soccer Rookie of the Year, as announced this afternoon at the annual conference's postseason coaches meeting. Joining Peltier on the NEWMAC All-Conference First-Team is senior back Courtney Goetz (Flemington, N.J.).
Head Coach John Gibson, who is in his sixth season directing the women's soccer team at SC, has been named the NEWMAC Coach of the Year for the second time during his stint with the Pride. Gibson last garnered Coach of the Year honors back in 2000 when SC went 13-5-2 overall on the season and earned a berth into the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Division III New England Tournament. This season, Gibson has guided the Pride to its first-ever NEWMAC Tournament Championship and first NCAA Division III Tournament berth in school history, as SC has remained unbeaten in its last 11 contests, garnering a 13-4-3 overall record.
The Pride landed two All-Conference Second-Team selections in senior defender Nora Clark (Springfield, Mass.) and sophomore goalkeeper Amanda Petri (East Granby, Conn.). Clark, a graduate of Central High School, is a tri-captain and backbone of the SC defense. The Pride defensive unit has allowed just 18 goals all season long, good for a 0.900 goals against average per game.
The reigning NEWMAC Player of the Week, Petri has recorded an 11-2-2 overall record with five shutouts this season in net for SC. The sophomore has given up just 12 goals in 15 matches this season for a 0.78 goals against average. In the NEWMAC Final against Wheaton College which went to penalty kicks, Petri was solid, saving two of the five penalty kick attempts as SC beat the Lyons, 4-3.
Peltier, a graduate of Agawam High School, is tied for the team-lead in goals (seven) and points (17) this season. The freshman has started every match this season for the Pride and has netted a team-best three game-winning scores. Goetz, a graduate of Hunterdon Central, has been one of SC's most versatile performers this season, playing well on both the offensive and defensive ends of the field. The tri-captain has started every game from the back position, while scoring three goals and assisting on three this season.
The Pride is matched up with Castleton State College (15-4-2) in the first round of the NCAA Division III Women's Soccer Tournament, as SC has been awarded a first round home match-up. The Pride and Spartans will meet on Wednesday evening, November 9, in a 7:00 p.m. start at Brock-Affleck Field.