Junior Leyton Thommasen, goalie for the men’s soccer team, has earned the Northwest Conference student athlete of the week after two big wins over Puget Sound University and Pacific Lutheran University. Thommasen recorded eight saves against Puget Sound, a game in which he recorded his second clean sheet of the season and recorded five saves against Pacific Lutheran University.

Thommasen’s clean sheet shows that not only has he put himself in a position to be successful, but the team as a whole has also been successful in their preparation in have a winning season. Thommasen credits the play of sophomore defenders Keilian MacCulloch and Keola Nortonon in playing key roles over the two game span.

“For those couple of games, they played great. Coming into their freshmen year they were a bit shaky, but they grew up quite a bit and seem a lot more confident,” Thommasen said. “They have the ability to read the game and understand what it is going to be like playing at the collegiate level now.”

Thommasen understands he has become one of the leaders of the team. He sees himself as a role model and a player that his teammates can look to for guidance during the game.

“When anything goes wrong in a game, most of my teammates will look to me to see if I have a level head,” Thommasen said. “If I don’t have a level head, the rest of the team might not have the same calmness.”

Thommasen stepped in more as a leader over the team’s two wins and they look continue their success with the rest of the season still to play. The Boxers take on Whitman College at home Oct. 14 at 7 p.m. followed by a game against Whitworth University at home Oct. 16 at 2:30 p.m.


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