On November 21, the Eagles soccer team faced off Randall University in Kissimmee, Florida, in the NCCAA DII National Championship—their fourth championship game in four years.
The game proved to be a hard fight between teams, finishing the game at 0–0 and pushing into overtime. In the end, the Eagles lost 4–2 after a shootout attempt. Even after the rough game, the team was glad for the opportunity. “I was really excited when we qualified for Nationals because that is what we have been working toward all season long,” said Riley Rhodes (Jr., PA). “We had been faced with adversity and injuries all season and for us to be able to overcome that was a great feeling! Playing for PCC at these competitions also means that we have the best fans in the nation at our level. I love playing in these colors!”
While claiming the championship title remained out of reach this year, they were grateful to participate in the tournament. “Everyone on the team was always with the mindset of pushing for another win, and when it didn’t go our way, we picked each other up and moved forward,” said Salvador Paucar (So., MN). “The coaches had a lot of input throughout the season. They were able to pick out our strong points and weak points and always backed it up with how to succeed at it. I’m glad we were able to have the postseason tournaments even if we didn’t win any titles.”
The Eagles soccer team achieved team goals, striving to be better on and off the field. “We have a great group of leaders on this team who are competitive, but also have life in a good perspective!” said Riley. “I think God is honored by these guys! Not the results we wanted for the year, but I’m proud of my guys regardless!”