"Our team is pretty psyched," said Springfield College Head Coach John Gibson. "It would be wonderful if we could combine Senior Night with a conference-clinching night. It would also be wonderful if we could get a crowd to help spur us on."
SC has won six straight, and 10 of its last 11.
With its 7-1 New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference record entering the Friday night contest, Springfield finds itself in the driver's seat not only to win the NEWMAC regular-season title, but also to clinch the #1 seed for the NEWMAC post-season tournament. With that #1 seed goes the right to host the tournament.
Springfield has been the NEWMAC regular-season co-champion in the past, doing so in the 2008 season. The Pride went on to host that post-season tournament and win the championship game, 2-1, in overtime over Wheaton. Springfield went on to compete in the NCAA Tournament as a result.
Springfield is currently 12-4 overall, while Mount Holyoke will enter the contest with a 1-13-1 overall record and a 1-6-1 mark in league play. The Pride will take nothing for granted, however, as MIT looms directly behind SC with its 13-2-1 overall record, and, more importantly, its 6-1-1 conference mark. A win Friday clinches the title outright for SC. A tie would do the same for SC since it already owns a potential tie-breaking win over the Engineers should both teams finish with the same number of points.
Senior Brittany Collins (Vernon, Conn.) is coming off a spectacular week for the Pride. The forward scored two game-winning goals in as many games. First, she helped SC defeat Clark on the road, 1-0, last Tuesday. She tallied that goal in the 63rd minute. Then four days later, she scored the game's first goal in the 61st minute in a game SC eventually won, 2-0, over Babson.
For her efforts, Collins was named this week's NEWMAC Women's Soccer Player of the Week. She is SC's leader in both goals with seven and in total points with 15.
Springfield women's soccer looks for your support Friday night.