Scoring goals on and off the field

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Sofia Pela

The Westmont are anticipating a successful season after coming off a tough end last year.

Kacie Kwan, Staff Writer

As collegiate sports take off this year, Westmont’s women’s soccer team is eager to get back on the field and bring home some wins. With first-years on the squad, the season is brimming with potential for a competitive, successful run. 

This past year, the Warriors finished strong but fell short of making it to the national championship. They finished the season 7-5 but lost their NAIA playoff semifinal game to Oregon Tech. 

Determined to compete hard and bounce back from last year’s tough end, the women are turning a new page to bring it home. In a blunt sentence, first-year Maya Pablos shared that “the team goal is to take it all the way.”

Pablos has high hopes for the season in which she makes her collegiate debut as one of the team’s goalies. 

“I am excited to grow with this amazing group of women and train with intensity every day.” 

Indeed, Westmont’s women’s soccer team rose to the challenge of safely competing during last year’s COVID-19 outbreaks and restrictions; however, as restrictions lift, the Warriors are itching to get back on the field for a normal season. 

Pablos commented, “After a strange year for soccer everywhere, this team has a hunger to play and it is amazing to be a part of it. We are all pumped to even have the opportunity to play, and we will cherish every second we get on the field.” 

Personally, Pablos aims to learn from the Westmont soccer team’s coaching staff and current keeper squad in order to become a better individual player, as she knows it will help her team in the long run. 

“We have two amazing upperclassmen goalkeepers [who] push me and make me better every day, and I couldn’t be more thankful for them,” Pablos said. 

After Monday’s loss to Eastern Oregon, the women Warriors prepare for their next game this Friday, Sept. 17, against Antelope Valley at 3:30 p.m. on Thorrington Field.

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