Women’s soccer team goes the distance in national championship

By David Parker

The women’s soccer team ended its historic season with a loss against Embry-Riddle University (Fla.) during the second round of the NAIA National Championship Tournament.

The Lady Tigers fell 3-1 on Nov. 29 at the tournament site in Decatur, Ala.

For the players, it was a crushing loss.

“It was definitely really sad to lose,” junior defender Devin Johnston said.

However, the coaching staff focused on their effort throughout the game and season.

“Overall, in retrospect, I thought the girls played well,” head coach Bill Bahr said. “Neither team dominated the [first] half, except we broke down in the last three minutes.”

Despite the loss, the team achieved the milestone of becoming the first Olivet soccer team to win a game at nationals, when they defeated Hannibal-

LaGrange University (Mo.) in the opening round on Nov. 19.

The ladies were pleased with their achievement.

“It is super exciting. There aren’t words to describe it,” Johnston said after the first game.

One contributing factor to their success this season was the team’s chemistry.

“Right off from the start, we had a lot of freshman, so team unity was important,” junior defender Katrina Holm said.

As the team is proud of their achievements, they look forward to what next season will hold.

“We only graduate four seniors,” Bahr said. “We have a really strong group of freshman coming in next [year] that I think will make us better.

“I think we can really do something special next year.”

While team members are proud of their success, they know that they owe their success to God.

“The big thing that we stress is while it’s awesome how far we’ve gotten, we can’t forget how we got there,” Johnston said

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