August 23, 2007

Wildcats to Kick Off Fall Season Friday in Redding

The soccer balls are loaded up, bags are packed, and the Western Nevada College women's soccer team is ready for its first game. The Western Wildcats will travel to Redding to kick off their third season Friday, Aug. 31, against Butte College, and Saturday, Sept. 1, against Shasta College. Both games begin at 11 a.m.

"We're excited to get the season started," said third-year Head Coach Hillary Arthur, the Region XVIII Tournament Coach of the Year. "The girls have worked really hard this summer and we would really like to build on last year's success."

The Wildcats have just three returning players from last year's team: goalkeeper Allie Otto, defender Meghan Olsen and forward Virginia Loyola. According to Arthur, the 16 new players have gotten to know each another this summer and are excited to play together.

Western capped its second season off with a dramatic 1-0 overtime victory over North Idaho College to capture the Scenic West Athletic Conference Region XVIII Championship. With the win, the Wildcats advanced to the National Junior College Athletic Association playoffs.

The Wildcats also finished fifth in the nation academically last year. Most of the new players were Millennium Scholars in high school, so Arthur expects the team to rank high again this year.

Western opens this season with five games on the road. The Wildcats' home opener will be Friday, Sept. 14, at 4 p.m. against Lassen College at the Edmonds Sports Complex, 1555 Livermore Lane.

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