Men’s soccer was scheduled to play on Feb. 6 against Providence Christian as their official season opener. However, they will have to wait a while longer for their official return, as their game was canceled. A member from the opposing team tested positive for COVID-19, canceling the game several days in advance. While hard news for our Warriors, this is the harsh reality of being an athlete during a pandemic.
Their new opening date is this Wednesday, Feb. 10, against Point Loma Nazarene. The game is going to be here in Santa Barbara. Coach Dave Wolf will be up against his brother, the head coach of Point Loma’s team, each cleverly trying to out-wit the other while fighting for the win.
The women’s soccer team played their season opener Feb. 5 against Fresno Pacific. Most of the athletes hadn’t played a full 90-minute game since March of 2020 when the pandemic first hit. The Warriors were playing catch-up from the beginning of the game. The Fresno Sunbirds scored their first and only goal of the game in the first minute. Even though the Warriors outshot the Sunbirds 13-8, including 5-4 on goal, they were unable to score. Second-year Grace Hotaling had the most shots on goal, with three during this game.
Within the first 10 minutes, fourth-year goalkeeper Gabi Haw suffered an injury, resulting in her departure from the game. Redshirt second-year Kailey Meyer took her place and successfully defended the goal for the remaining 80 minutes.
Haw stated that she is now feeling fine after a kick to the face, “with a nice colorful eye.”
She also said the team has hopes to make it “to the final game in Alabama to win us a national title.”
She knows that, especially with the “hard work and passion seen on the field on Friday,” the team will put up quite the fight for that title.
We have faith in our Warriors and know they will bounce back from this close game. The team continues their season on Wednesday at 2:00 p.m., where they will travel to San Diego to take on Point Loma Nazarene. The last time the teams played was in Decatur, Alabama, in the second round of the 2011 NAIA National Championship. They tied 2-2, but Point Loma won the shootout that sent them into the quarterfinals. We look forward to seeing the strong competition this week.