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2004 Women's Soccer Season Preview

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. - Fifth-year head coach John Gibson’s Springfield College squad looks to take the next step towards an NCAA Division III Tournament appearance in 2004 with a veteran group that has played in the NEWMAC Championship match two of the past three seasons.

Eight of the Pride’s top-nine scorers from last season return in 2004. High-scoring seniors Molly Desroches (Belcertown, Mass.) (8 goals, 3 assists), who was named an All-NEWMAC selection for the second time in three years, and Jessica Kovacs (Dalton, Mass.) (7 goals, 3 assists) return as the club’s top-two offensive threats. They join seniors Jaqueline Landers (Niantic, Conn.) and Leeann Morris (Sutton, Mass.), and sophomores Annemarie Goodwin (Springfield, Mass.) and Amanda Nealon (East Falmouth, Mass.) on an offense that scored three-or-more goals on seven occasions last season, including a 6-1 win over Smith College in the NEWMAC Tournament semifinals.

Senior captain Meg McTear (Barre, Vt) leads a young but talented midfield that features sophomores Allison Barendse (Utica, N.Y.), Michelle Bongiovanni (West Springfield, Mass.), Cari Capodiece (Kensington, Conn.), Cara Reilly (Lenoxdale, Mass.) and Hallie Vail (Greely, Maine). In the backfield, junior captain Nora Clark (Springfield, Mass.) anchors a defense that will include juniors Courtney Goetz (Flemington, N.J.) and Elisabeth Macrum (Acton, Maine), along with sophomore Jessica Denehy (Whately, Mass.).

Junior keeper Christina Davis (Orange, Conn.), who registered six shutouts in ’03, is the leading candidate after starting all but one match, but sophomore Lila Sussman (Weston, Conn.) is waiting in the wings.
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John Gibson John Gibson, a native of London, England, enters his 14th season as head women's soccer at Springfield College in the fall of 2013. Gibson has led the Pride to the NCAA Tournament in six of the last eight years and has established the Pride as one of the top programs in the country. His clubs have registered an impressive a 165-75-21 record. Read more.

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