Storm Soccer seeks victories in conference games


by Abbie CraneStaff Writer

The soccer season is partially over for both the men and women’s teams but both teams still hold on to high goals of making it to conference play.

The women’s soccer team is practicing hard for a chance at the conference tournament this year. Sophomores Alyssa Stoll and Whitney Franker both said they would really like the season to end with a conference championship.

“Ultimately we’d like to make it to conference,” Stoll said. “But we have to take it one game at a time.”

Franker, the goalie, elaborated on the team goals by adding some of her own personal goals.

“I’m going to try for a shut-out in conference games,” Franker said.

The men’s team has similar goals. Senior Nate Ruhland said he’d like to do well this season because it would be a good way to end his Simpson soccer career.

“This is my last year, and I would like to go out playing at a high level,” Ruhland said.

The men’s soccer team started off the year with four losses but is now on a streak with a 3-0 record in conference play. Ruhland said the initial losses were to quality teams, but he hopes the streak continues all the way through a conference championship.

“We are playing much better, although we still have a lot of work to do,” Ruhland said. “Our ultimate goal is to win a conference championship and go to the national tourney.”

The women’s soccer team had a few big games out in California this year. They played Biola University and Chapman University but lost both games.

“We played really well [in California],” Stoll said. “But the scores didn’t show it.”

The women’s team will have its last home game Oct. 21, but the women hope to continue doing well on the road.

The men’s team is undefeated at home so far this year, and hopes to continue to improve their skills and win more games.

“We are just trying to work and get better in order to reach that conference championship,” Ruhland said.