Davis Helping The Women's Soccer Team One Save At A Time
by Ben Meyers
She doesn’t seem to be a very intimidating presence as the very last line of the SC defense. Her bright M&M orange shirt, black sox, and black shorts stand out in stark contrast to the home white jerseys of Springfield. After SC goals her canoe paddle gloves muffle her applause. Sophomore goalie Christina Davis has saved many a game for the Pride this season.
The five-foot-eight keeper from Orange, Connecticut is a major reason why SC has remained around the top of the NEWMAC this fall. Three games and nearly 250 minutes between the posts for the Pride, only a single ball has met the SC net in conference play when Davis is on the field. She has allowed only nine goals all season long, logging six shutouts along the way, her six shutouts, the second most in the NEWMAC.
Nora Clark, sophomore defender said, “She is a huge leader on the field. She sees the whole field so we follow direction. We always hear positive things out of her. She makes all of the defenders feel comfortable if the ball gets past us. We know she will be alright.”
Even with the SC offense struggling this season (the Pride are the 3rd lowest scoring team in the NEWMAC with 1.22 goals per game) Davis’ .80 goals against average has kept the Pride competitive this season.
“Christina [Davis] is a very laid back, mellow person,” said head coach John Gibson. “Her stats can be deceptive because soccer is such a team game. She is developing just as we all are, but life is getting easier for her as she gets used to the different situations we are putting her in.”
“Our offense isn’t doing as well as we would like, but everyone is playing hard. The intensity in our practices will translate over to the field,” said Davis.
Highlighting the year so far was Davis’ nine save 110-minute shutout performance in a 0-0 tie with then the nation’s number five team Williams at the start of the season.
“Christina [Davis] is obviously, as the keeper, the last line of defense. She is also the first line of the offense because of how she distributes the ball after she gets her hands on it,” said Gibson. “Everyone plays offense and defense and against Williams everyone played well.”
As the leaves began to fade into their hauntingly beautiful shades of red, orange, and yellow many lovers of the outdoors take to the mountains to get a better view of the rich canvas that nature paints every fall. Davis desperately wants to be back-packing with them, but the defense of the SC goal is her first priority.
Davis, a member of the SC track team as well, has always been a lover of the outdoors. Over the summer Davis backpacked down the Appalachian Trail as far as Maryland. Along the way meeting other hikers from Georgia, even witnessing a snake trying to swallow a squirrel, a task that the diminutive serpent was having trouble doing.
“It was really sick,” said Davis, “The squirrel was about twice the size of the snake.”
Being committed to soccer cuts into Davis’ opportunities to get outside. “I just don’t have the time. I try so hard to get outside, but with games on Saturday’s and church on Sunday’s and school all week it is tough to get out.”
Davis, a therapeutic recreation major, sported a 3.65 GPA last semester and when she is not minding the twine for the Pride in the off-season she throws for the SC track team.
“It is not hard,” Davis said referring to the constant pressures of two teams worth of practices and a full academic schedule, “it keeps me focused that I have to get my work done. If I have a paper due I write it, if I have a test I study, if I have practice I go, I just have learned to balance them all.”
Clark said, “We miss her in the off-season, but we give her a ton of credit for being a two-sport athlete. We like to work on different things in the spring and she isn’t there, but we know she is working hard still."
Taking off the goalie gloves and chalking up to throw does bother Davis a little bit though. “In the off-season I feel a little distanced. I hate having to watch the rest of the team practice from the throwing circle.”
Davis and the rest of SC take on Wheaton tomorrow at 2:30 here at Springfield. Wheaton, traditionally the NEWMAC’s juggernaut, enters the game ranked first in New England and fifth in the country while scoring 42 goals and only allowing two.
Meyers is a junior sports journalism major and the Editor In Chief of the
Springfield Student. This story ran in
The Student on Friday, Oct. 10.
Head Coach 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.
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