In the midst of a new coaching staff, the women’s soccer team has pushed through the growing pains to prove that they can compete with top teams in the Northwest Conference.
“I couldn’t be happier with how our first season together has gone,” said Head Coach Morgan Crabtree.
Overall, the team has made steps to being better than in past seasons and it shows in conference standings, according to Crabtree.
“With only three seniors and the core of our team being juniors and sophomores, the team never lacked leadership and everyone seemed to share common goals- to win,” said Crabtree.
Team leadership wasn’t a problem for the team as captains from different classes stepped up to unite their team.
“Captains, Teri Shigeno, Katilyn Harper and Allysa Omana have provided strong leadership for the team, but each of them have different personalities and are different ages, so they connected really well to everyone on the team to bring unity,” said Crabtree.
Crabtree also attributes their support as a contributing factor to the team’s success. The students, student-athletes, families and forest grove community have been a good support base for the woman’s team throughout their seasons, especially the men’s soccer and football teams.
“On the road or at home, families of the girls have been a huge support system. Sometimes we have a bigger crowd at away games then the home team has on their home field. It is every exciting to see,” said Crabtree.
Overall, this has been the best woman’s soccer team that Pacific has had in three to four years According to Crabtree.
Crabtree said it was fun to watch the girls work so hard and to get a taste of success and to see the fruits of their labor.
The lady Boxers will end their Northwest Conference season this Saturday at Lincoln Park Stadium, kickoff is at 11:00 a.m.