Pacific University’s Men’s Soccer team has experienced a rough season which has led to a bittersweet ending for most of the seniors. Soccer has been a sport many of them have been playing since youth and this will be the last season they’ll play at the collegiate level.
“We’re just playing with a smile on our faces’ and putting our best foot forward each game,” senior Woodey Greer said.
The men’s soccer team’s goal for the season: gain some points to rise up in the conference standings. They’re currently projected to finish second to last in the Northwest Conference. With three ties so far this season, there have been some very closely contested games.
“We’re excited for this opportunity to put our stamp on the conference these last few weeks,” said Greer, a consistent yearly returner.
The outcomes have been rough in recent games this year, but with a young team Greer has hope for upcoming seasons.
“We’ve come a long way from the start of the season and are continuing to improve day by day,” said Greer.
Comradery has helped the men’s soccer team get through the losses without pointing fingers and blaming teammates for the poor outcomes. The Boxers are hopeful that with all the hard work being put in at practice, combined with their continued comradery, they will see the results in the last few weeks of the season.
“Our team has been great in accepting responsibility and learning from our mistakes,” Greer said.
As for Greer finishing out his senior season as a Boxer — he plans on leaving it all on the field.
“My goal for the rest of the season is to follow a saying my dad told me before the season began: ‘Play as if it’s your last time stepping onto the field, because who knows when the last time might come.’” said Greer. The Boxers next game will be against Linfield College on Oct. 26 at 2:30 p.m.