The return of Clark sports marked a memorable season for the women’s soccer team. The team won the South Division of the Northwestern Athletic Conference, ultimately winning 14 games in a row with an undefeated record before losing to Peninsula College 1-0 in the Northwestern Athletic Conference Championship on Nov. 14.
Clark advanced to the championship game with a 2-1 victory over Highline College back on Nov. 12 at Starfire Sports Stadium in Tukwila, WA. The eventual game winning goal came from forward Anna Neal, a freshman, who scored with just ten minutes left.
“It felt so great,” said Neal after scoring perhaps the biggest goal of the team’s season. “I was getting amped for this game all week…my serotonin levels are so high right now.”
Captured below is video of Clark celebrating their semifinals victory vs. Highline College, video by Joey Morguess/The Indy.
“I’m very proud,” said Head Coach Peter Pickett of his players and fellow coaches after the victory against Highline. “It’s been a long road,” he said. “With one returning player this season…I’m just so proud.”
This was just the second time in their history that Clark women’s soccer had advanced to the NWAC Championship game, as noted by Assistant Coach Randy Thrall.
“Three years ago was the last time we got to the finals,” Thrall said. “When the season starts we always have that as our set goal, we want to get back to the championship.”
They’ll need to reset that goal next season, after falling short to Peninsula in the championship. Nevertheless, the future looks bright for women’s soccer. They went undefeated during the regular season, doing so with only one returning player on the roster. That returning player was midfielder Kiara Kallie, a sophomore, who finished the season with eight goals, the second most on the team only to Kelli Huskic, a freshman forward who finished the season with a team-high of 15 goals and 13 assists.
Coach Pickett spoke on the challenges that a new roster presented earlier in the season.
“Kiki is our one returning player….everyone else is all new,” said Pickett. “[Clark sports] always had a lot of tradition and culture, but we had to create it again…this group is awesome and they’ve all fit in very well.”