By: Ruby Arani/ GCU Staff
The end of one season sparks the building for the next.
The Grand Canyon University Women’s Club Soccer team ended their spring season on a high note by beating Point Loma Nazarene University at home, 2-1, Sunday afternoon at the Practice Field on the GCU campus. The Lopes finished the season with an overall record of 2-4.
The first half of Sunday’s match was back-and-forth affair in an attempt in attempt to put a number on the board, but the two teams were still scoreless at halftime. That would change early in the second half when in the in the 48th minute, PLNU used a free-kick to take a 1-0 lead. The Lopes didn’t let that hold them back. In the 70th minute, a cross was sent into the PLNU box where Lopes’ sophomore Rachel Macrane ran through the ball to tie up the match. That seemed to get the Lopes fired up, in the 81st minute, the Lopes made a fast break towards the PLNU goal where Lopes’ junior Samantha Morgans scored off a goalkeeper deflection to secure the win for the Lopes.
“The girls did really well overall in the match,” said Lopes’ Head Coach Erin Reinke. “We changed a few things around in the second half, which seemed to work much better in the attack.”
The Lopes not only celebrated the last win of the season, but also celebrated the team’s six seniors.
“Emotions were higher because it was our last game of the season,” said Reinke. “The seniors played amazing, and they have been a great group of women to coach all season. I am lucky to be their coach. They will be truly missed.”
Lopes’ senior Hannah Bolton is graduating with her Bachelor’s of Science degree in Exercise Science with an emphasis in sports performance. Bolton has been a part of GCU Women’s Club Soccer team for the last two years. “My favorite memory of playing Club Soccer was being able to transition from a player to helping coach, and developing friendships with everyone.”
Lopes’ senior Lizzie Ehr is graduating with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Business Management. Ehr has participated in GCU Women’s Club Soccer for the last two years. “My favorite part about being a part of Club Soccer was making new friends and growing as an athlete.”
Lopes’ senior Brooke Magusin is graduating with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Forensic Science. Magusin has participated in GCU Women’s Club Soccer for a year. “By playing Club Soccer, I was able to make so many great friendships.”
Lopes’ senior Victoria Roel is graduating with a Bachelor’s of Science in Athletic Training. Roel is the Club President, and she is the last remaining member of the first-ever team of GCU Women’s Club Soccer team, which began in 2015. “My favorite part of being a part of Club Soccer was being able to continue to play, and meet some of my best friends.”
Lopes’ senior Sierra Vrob is graduating with a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology with an emphasis in Pre-Med. Vrob has participated in Women’s Club Soccer for two and half years, and was named Club Vice-President. “Club Soccer provided the opportunity to share my knowledge of the game with my teammates.”
Lopes’ senior Megan Wojnicki is graduating with a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Christian Studies. Wojnicki has played on the GCU Women’s Club Soccer team for the last two years, “One of my favorite memories of playing club was an away game at Northern Arizona University. It was one of the hardest and most frustrating games I had played in. My teammates really encouraged and helped me push through. This memory means a lot to me because of the support that we all had for another, and how we came out on top with integrity.”
The spring season started off on a high note with a 6-0 victory over the University of California, Riverside. Though the Lopes had a win under their belt, the next four games were tough for the Lopes, who were unable to finish.
The Lopes were able to break their losing streak with Sunday’s matchup against PLNU. The Lopes ended their spring season on a high note and are looking to build up for the next fall.
“Overall, the spring season went well,” said Reinke. “We have a great group of women who love playing the game and enjoy competing.”
Love playing soccer? Contact GCU Women’s Club Soccer Head Coach Erin Reinke today!