United By Team, Driven by Passion

The NCU Women’s Soccer team wrapped up the 2014 season at the Cascade Collegiate Conference with two home wins against Oregon Tech and Eastern Oregon, ending 7-11 overall. For some of these women, it was the end of a season, but only the beginning of collegiate athletics. For others, it was a bittersweet goodbye to the dreadful early practice alarms and the familial bond that was created through years of competitive sports. How did these women respond to the season’s close?

Freshman, Mackenzie Galick’s favorite game this season was a home, conference game versus OIT, where she was a goal keeper substituting as a field player. She scored a goal after being in the game for only thirty seconds, and said “It’s a memory that I will look back on for quite a while.”

Candis Hatfield, a junior from Fairfield, California says the essential skills needed to be a great soccer player are more mental, than physical. A great athlete is someone who is a team player, and who wants to succeed “not just for themselves, but for their teammates as well.” She said that her team, “Definitely had a lot of fun this year, because all of the girls were easy to get along with, and there was a lot of good competition within the team.” Hatfield is excited for the future of the Women’s Soccer program and is looking forward to next season.

Junior, Janelle Richards’s advice for younger players is “to never let anyone rob you of the passion you have for the game.” She led the team this season with eight goals, ranking her third in the CCC standings for individual goals. Her favorite game of the season was senior night versus College of Idaho, because even though the beacons lost (0-1) when the Yotes scored on a breakaway in the second minute of the second overtime, she knew that “Every single person played their heart out and left everything on the field.”

One of the team’s seniors, Mishayla Bertelsen, said, “I loved the bonds we made this year. Win or lose we were always really close.” CCC statistics show that Mishayla ended the season tied for second for assists in conference, with six. She felt honored when her teammates voted her as one of the captains and said, “My teammates were my world, we played for each other every game.” She will always remember their “sister notes” and road trips. Mishayla was recently baptized on October 26th, 2014 and said that her teammates, supported her decision and constantly strived to play for God’s glory. She would like to give a special shout out to, “Angela Doty for being an amazing mentor and never giving up on me.”

After a hard fought loss, where the Beacons pushed Idaho’s goalkeeper to make ten saves, the season sadly came to an end. Seniors, Karlie Mast, Michelle Giron, Mishayla Bertelsen, Stevie Harrison, will never be forgotten and were honored during a pregame ceremony. If you are interested in individual game statistics for soccer, or any NCU athletic event you can visit http://www.gobeacons.com/.