The Pierce College men’s soccer team is down but not out.
Despite a 2-5-2 overall mark this season, the Raiders (2-3-1 league) are still in the hunt for a playoff spot in the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges’ South Division.
The Raiders, who are tied for second place, still have seven league games on their schedule.
Head coach Mark Lee said there’s no reason for the Raiders to hang their heads.
“We started the season off slow and played a lot of tough teams,” Lee said. “We finally got our first win of the season against Bellevue (Sept. 28).
“Early in the season, we had trouble finishing games, and we were able to finally finish,” he said. “It was a good test for us, and our guys reacted well to having some success.”
Lee said his team has been working hard in practice, and it was rewarding to see them finish off a victory.
Getting off to a slow start isn’t an indicator for success, he said, especially in the NWAACC. It’s all about peaking at the right time.
“Last year, Edmonds (Community College) started off the season 0-5 and made it to the semifinals,” Lee said. “Every game we’ve lost early in the season has been really close. We’ve been right there. We’ve got a lot of time left and need to start playing like we know how.
“Our expectations are to make it to the playoffs and advance past the first round and beyond.”
Lee said his team is continuing to improve.
“We just got Christian Rath back in the lineup, and he is one of our top midfielders,” Lee said. “Tyler Himmelberger and Daniel Johnston are doing a great job of organizing things in the back defensively for us.
“We are giving up less goals in our past couple of games,” he added. “Up front, Nolan Haver and Tim Knoles have scored some crucial goals for us. Overall, we have a lot of guys doing some great things. I’m excited to see how good we can get.”