Women’s Soccer looks to bounce back

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The start of the season for Pacific University’s Women’s Soccer team has been highly competitive, with few results to show for it. Out of the seven losses suffered this season, five of the games have been decided by one goal, with one game of being decided in overtime.
As the Boxers head into conference play they look to turn around this slow start, especially on the offensive end.
Senior Emily Thompson, who scored the sole goal in their first win of the season against Lewis and Clark College, knows the team is lacking on that side.
“We are defending a lot,” Thompson said. “We are not attacking as much as we should be and we need to focus on keeping the ball.”
Through their first eight games, the Boxers have only scored five goals. And have only played in one game in which they scored more than a single goal. The team has also only averaged 7.2 shots per game, while their opponents have averaged 16.7 shots per game.
However, Thompson believes the team has the potential to score more goals this season.
“We have a lot of people on our team that can score,” Thompson said. “We just have to get the ball in the right places.”
As the Boxers dive into conference play, they hope to keep the same competitive fire while also implementing the changes needed to create better results.
“We have been fighting to the very last minute,” Thompson said. “We are playing really well and have a pretty close team this year, which is something we have not always had in the past.”
The Boxers will face Puget Sound University on Sept. 28 and Pacific Lutheran University on Sept. 30 at Hanson Stadium.


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