The Pierce College women’s soccer team played against Bellevue Community College at Heritage field in Puyallup on Sept. 28. Although the Raiders lost 2-5, they stayed strong until the end against one of the league’s highest scoring teams.
Bellevue scored three goals in the first half, and although the Raiders didn’t score any goals, they kept team morale high. They refused to back down, and in the beginning of the second half they scored a goal, with the ball hitting the back of the net. Although Bellevue won with five goals, by the end of the game the Raiders had worked their way up to two goals.
Head coach Luke Helling-Christy, was selected to take on the position as the first women’s head soccer coach at Pierce College Puyallup. Helling-Christy was a successful head coach of the girls’ and boys’ soccer programs at Bonney Lake High School. He built youth programs from scratch and won the state title with the boy’s team in 2012, and in 2011 the girl’s team finished second in state.
With such a successful coach, Pierce College can expect women’s soccer to improve and be a positive contribution to athletics. With the addition of women’s soccer, the athletic opportunities at the college have expanded to include five sports designated for women. Women’s soccer, along with all other sports at Pierce, are a part of the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges, a regional association for two-year colleges in Washington and Oregon states.
Athletic director Duncan Stevenson is thrilled about women’s soccer.
“Women’s soccer has been on my agenda to bring to Pierce since 1995, when the sport first started to grow in the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges,” Stevenson said. “We made two unsuccessful requests to the S&A Budget Committees prior to last year’s effort. Last fall, the student leadership team at Puyallup asked me what it would take to add a new sport at Pierce. After a few follow-up conversations with the student leaders from both campuses, I decided to submit the request one more time—third time was definitely the charm.”
Women’s soccer is taking the season head on, although they may be the new girls in town, they show pride in their school and fight for success.
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