Kaitlin Springer is mostly any coaches’ dream come true. Especially for Tim Twellman at Villa Duchesne.
Talented, smart, coachable and approachable, quiet but introspective, this five-foot attacker is a giant for the Saints’ soccer program.
Springer leads the Saints in points this year, 5 goals, 1 assist for 11 points; she scored the game-winning-goal at 64:34 of the match with Principia at home Tuesday. That turned out to be the only score in a close-quartered match.
Sydney Miller, junior goal keeper recorded the shutout, and had the only assist in the game.
Miller fired a perfect shot down the field midway into the second stanza and Springer got it on the bounce and one-timed a rocket shot past Panthers’ keeper Jessica Clouse.
“Those things (assists from goal keepers) are rare, but they do happen,” said Springer who is headed for more soccer at Illinois Wesleyan in the fall.
The coach liked the shot. “Most forwards would get a ball like that and pass it off. She just kept on going down the field,” said Twellman.
Springer, who used to play guard in basketball concentrates solely on soccer these days. She got dinged in the head several times on the hardwood court.
Springer looks towards the end of the season to really produce. “We’re struggling a little this year (a 5-4-2) record with the win over Principia but we’re working hard and getting used to playing with each other and I think that’s good.”
Going on, “We’ve been switching players a lot and our freshman are doing really well,” she said.
Twellman looked at the results this way. “At the beginning of the game, we had some quality chances, but we just didn’t put them away. That’s kind of been our struggle all season but a win is always a good thing,” he said.
Twellman points towards the playoffs. The weather has been quite a hindrance. “We’ve got 8 games in 2 weeks, we’ll catch up.”
Principia was a feisty bunch, and had their chances, pressing Miller for several in-range shots.
In the second half, Villa had a second chance for a goal. Gabby Menendez, junior forward had a dead aim shot but was stopped stone cold by the Principia keeper.
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