A young Pacific University men’s soccer team looks to improve after a disappointing 2018 season.
The Boxers finished last year with a 3-11-4 overall record and a 2-9-3 conference record, putting them ahead of only George Fox University.
With seven seniors leading this Boxers team the new youth will have a strong core of experienced teammates to learn from. Senior Robert Nurmi returns for the Boxers after receiving second team all-conference honors in 2018. Nurmi was the Boxers leading goal scorer.
The team also returns a strong back line with Seniors Chris Abosamra and Connor Evans as well as Sophomore Alex Pasmann.
With 14 athletes of the 23-man roster being freshmen and sophomores, the Boxers will need their younger players to step into impact roles early this season
The men’s team starts the season against Occidental College on Aug. 30 at 7 p.m.
With a total of four juniors and seniors on the roster this year, the Pacific University women’s soccer team could be starting their rebuild for the coming years.
The roster lists 11 freshmen for the Boxers as they try to bounce back from a difficult season where they finished tied for last in the conference with Lewis and Clark College.
Only five Boxers who started more than 10 games are back this season including seniors Courtney Olsen and Megan Inouye-Ng.
The biggest question facing the team is where goals will come from this season. Not only have the top goal scorers graduated, but no returning players recorded a goal in the 2018 season. With an abundance of young talent many players will get a chance at filling that void.
The women’s soccer team starts their season at home versus Chapman University Sept. 1 at 11 a.m. on Ledbetter field.