The men’s soccer team lost its match against Edmonds Community College 0-3 in the regional playoffs on Nov. 6 at the Starfire fields in Washington state.
Making it to the playoffs is an accomplishment for the Raiders. In the past nine years, the Raiders have made it to the playoffs seven times.
But the loss means that the men’s soccer team has officially ended their season in the Northwest Washington Athletics Association of Community Colleges league.
“Making it to postseason play seven times in nine years is a pretty good accomplishment, and is something that the young men who have been in our program can be extremely proud of,” Athletic Director Duncan Stevenson said.
As the fall season comes to its end, others will begin.
The team is off until spring when the raiders run a six-week long conditioning and training season. This is a time for players to keep in shape and gain skills for the next year, and to prepare players who are moving into a four-year program.
Spring is also a time for opportunities for people wanting to join. During the spring season, coaches will hold “kick arounds,” which include those who are looking to be recruited based on the evaluation of their talent. From here, the sessions will continue on through the summer where the team will officially start practice in the middle of August.
Times have changed for the Raiders as the men’s soccer team hasn’t won the NWAACC championship since 1992, but did finish in second place in 1993. It was during this time that men’s soccer at Pierce College was only playing against 12 to 14 teams, as opposed to now when they play against 20. The growth in the number of teams has increased the difficulty of competition.
Despite this difficulty of competition, Stevenson said the Raiders have done well this season.
“You can’t always control the outcome of the game, but you can control whether you give your very best. I believe our players and coaches did a great job of doing just that this season, and I’m proud of what they accomplished,” Stevenson said.
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