Pacific University junior Jake Castanha, a forward on the men’s soccer team, was recently awarded the Northwest Conference (NWC) Offensive Player of the Week. Castanha was recognized after netting two goals against George Fox University on Oct. 6, in a match the Boxers won in overtime with a final score of 2-1.
“It was amazing,” Castanha said. “I’m so glad I could do it on a Friday night at home, it is definitely a game I won’t forget.”
Castanha is now the third Boxer soccer player to earn recognition from the NWC this year, joining senior forward Matt Kimball and senior goalkeeper Leyton Thommasen.
“The honor itself is incredible,” Castanha said. “As a forward I would like to have more than three goals on the year, but this is a start.”
Castanha attributes his personal success to the work and effort of the entire team.
“I have to thank the senior class the most,” Castanha said. “They are incredible and some of the best guys I have ever met. They all really lead by example.”
With the season coming to an end, Castanha is already working to improve his skills for next year and said the entire team is ready for the challenges they may face in the future.
“We have a lot to improve on as individuals and as a team,” Castanha said. “But all the work is there in front of us and I think we are up for it.”
Castanha will be part of an eight man senior class next year that will look to build on the progress the previous group made. The Boxers will once again be relying on experience and seasoned players to help lead them to their ultimate goal of a conference tournament next season.