Sometimes the win-loss column doesn’t tell the whole story.
Even though the Pierce Raiders women’s soccer team is 2-10 overall, it doesn’t mean they haven’t experienced a multitude of success.
This is the first time Pierce has offered a women’s soccer program. Raiders head coach Luke Helling-Christy, who was hired July 3, put together a team as quickly as he could with a limited amount of time. Helling-Christy was the head coach of the Class 3A state-champion Bonney Lake Panthers’ boys soccer team last spring.
“I’ve had to cram a year’s worth of planning into just a few weeks,” he said in July. “I have been pushing hard and have been calling every contact I have had in the past 10 years. I have strong connections with all of the South Puget Sound League high school teams. Also, we have 13,000 students that go to Pierce, and we want to make them aware there is an opportunity to play soccer. We’re hoping we might be able to rejuvenate some careers.”
The end result of Helling-Christy’s recruiting efforts translated into a roster of 15 players, including 14 freshmen. The majority are from western Washington.
While the Raiders won’t challenge for a playoff spot in 2013 — their victories have come against Rogue Community College and Lower Columbia — their future is bright. They will be in the win column a few more times before the season concludes.
Helling-Christy has proven himself to be one of the top high-school coaches during the past several years. It will only be a matter of time before the Raiders become a perennial powerhouse in the South Division of the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges.
The talent level in this area is a gold mine, so he shouldn’t have a problem as he recruits players to Pierce.
In community college athletics, recruiting is the name of the game, because rosters turn over entirely in just two years. Helling-Christy already has proven he can recruit by putting together a team in a little over a month this past summer.
I can’t wait to see what he can do in the future with an ample amount of time to cultivate the women’s soccer program at Pierce.
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