Women’s soccer looks forward to future

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The Pacific University women’s soccer team wrapped up their first season under new head coach Steve Lucas leaving room for improvement. Under a new coach and a completely different philosophy, there will be challenges to come with that process.
The Boxers finished with a 7-10-3 overall record and a 5-9-2 record in conference play. According to Lucas, improvements need to be made, but getting to understand the program 
and the players is the first step into the process. “What I was about was just coming in and getting a vibe of everything,” Lucas said. “It was getting to understand the opponents we were playing, what we have and what the schedule was looking like when you are playing back to back games. So having a grip of that now going forward, we know what we need to do. But as far as how our fall went, it went well at times. 
Sometimes we struggled, but finishing the season with a win is how we wanted to do, so we are in good shape.” The Boxers played many close games this season. Five of the Boxer’s losses were by one goal and four of them with the team not scoring any goals at all. The Boxers also had three ties with neither team scoring any goals. “We need to be able to score more goals,” Lucas said. “Those players having to adjust to a new coach, new system, under a different philosophy is tough, but they handled it very well.” The team started the season very hot, winning four games out of the six played with one loss and one tie, but fell into a slump losing five out of the next 
six games. “We needed to be more consistent,” Lucas said. “The team was playing well, we were doing a very good job and then we hit a little funk and it took some time to pop out of it.”
The Boxers finished their season strong with a 1-0 win over Whitman. With position changes and a new 
philosophy under a first year coach, expect the Boxers to be successful these next few seasons with returning players and incoming recruits.

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