PLNU Women’s soccer: First-time PacWest champions!

PLNU women’s soccer became the first team to win a PacWest Conference Championship in the history of the school when they beat out Holy Names this past weekend.

The women’s team clinched the title with a 5-0 win. Five different student-athletes scored for the Sea Lions as they held Holy Names to zero shots for a full 90 minutes.

The match began with a goal five minutes in from outside defender Dottie Rhoten. After switching positions this year, the sophomore proved that she was able to score regardless of where she started on the field. Freshman Morgan Pearce and junior Michaela Maes each scored halfway through the first half to extend the lead to 3-0 at halftime.

The Sea Lions would not be done scoring, however, and put in two more goals, scored by junior Tara Kracy and senior Natalie Swift. The Sea Lions ended the game with 14 shots on goal and five in the net.

This extends the women soccer team’s undefeated record to 11 games. The Sea Lions will look to keep up their winning record when they travel to San Marcos Tuesday, though the game will have no effect on their conference championship. The national conference championships will be held in Louisville, Kentucky, Nov. 14 through Dec. 6.