Pacific University’s men’s soccer team is coming off their first win at Whitworth College in 19 years. Senior Matt Kimball scored two goals during the game helping the team to a 3-2 victory. Kimball has been a driving force for Pacific’s attack since he arrived in and the conference has taken notice.
On Sep. 5, Kimball was awarded Northwest Conference (NWC) Offensive Player of the Week. He has also been a constant All-Northwest Conference selection.
“It feels really good to receive some recognition,” Kimball said. “But it felt even better to get the first win of the year in Santa Cruz.”
Entering his final year as a Boxer, Kimball is quick to credit everyone around him for the success he has had.
“Diego Lopes (a fellow senior on the team) has been the biggest influence on my four years here,” Kimball said. “Lopes has helped me in every aspect of the game on and off the field since day one of doubles freshman year.”
Kimball’s best success came his sophomore year when he scored 11 goals on the season, and with four scored this year, Kimball leads all current Boxers with 18 goals in his career. Kimball has high expectations for the Boxers this season.
“I hope I can leave the program having delivered a conference championship and setting the standard for Pacifi c soccer in years to come.” Kimball said. “Head Coach Eric Mild has done an amazing job turning the program around, and with Mild still here I know the program will be in good hands.”
As for this season, the Boxers are off to a good start as they currently sit in third place in the conference standings.