After a difficult start to the season the Pacific University men’s soccer team is doing their best to bounce back. A recent loss to Linfield puts their conference record at 1-3.

Aggressive practice, anticipation to attain goals and a strong coaching philosophy drives the Boxers to compete to the best of their ability.

“Our conference is extremely tough, our goal is to finish in the top half of the conference,” coach Eric Mild said.

The chances of Pacific reaching their goal is likely, yet hard work is at the forefront of the team’s philosophy right now.

“We have to keep improving and developing our skills as a team, I love the spirit we have and we are a much better team than we were my first year here. We have learned to be competitive, but now we must learn to win” Mild said.

With a roster that is primarily freshman, they do not have experience playing at the college level. It is a completely different game. The game is played faster, more physical and smarter than high school. The Boxers, however, are excited about the influx of freshmen.

“We have a young team, short term this brings inexperience but a couple years in the future our team will be full of seasoned soccer players that know how to win” Mild answered.

“Our practices consist of a lot of game-like play. We do lots of drills and scrimmages that we can easily incorporate into the game.

I think we need to work on our fitness so that we can bring lots of energy for the full 90 minutes of the game” sophomore Weli Alamillo said.

The Boxers will need to bring the energy for a tough game against 8th ranked Whitworth Friday, Oct. 2 at the Lincoln Park baseball field as they try to hand them their first loss.

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