Soccer Looks to Kick-off on the Right Foot

Ryne Oshiro, Staff Writer

The Saint Martin’s Men’s Soccer season began its 2021 campaign last week as they played a two-game set against the Northwest Nazarene University Nighthawks. Sophomore Jason Aragon  scored the Saints’ first goal of 2021. Two minutes into the second half, Aragon put the Saints in the lead 1-0, one that would not prevail. Later in the half, the Nighthawks scored in the 62nd minute to make it a 1-1 tie. The score would remain static through two overtimes after both teams failed to net a goal. The Saints’ defense looked strong as it held the Nighthawks to only two shots on goal in both overtimes. 

Two days later, the Saints hosted the Nighthawks once again for another matchup. This one resulted in the Nighthawks’ favor as they outlasted the Saints 2-0. The Nighthawks had 14 shots while the Saints had seven. Goalie Hunter Askland for the Saints held the Nighthawks to only two recorded goals scored against him in the two games, while saving five shots. Askland started and logged 110 minutes in the first matchup on Thursday, and then on Saturday he played 45 minutes after giving way to Bryce Porter to finish the final 45 minutes. 

The Saints will look to move toward the future after seeing seven seniors graduate in 2019. This season they have returned 17 players with seven freshmen joining the squad. The 2020-2021 season will now be Rob Walker’s 15th year as the men’s head coach. On March 18, the Saints will host the Division III Pacific Lutheran Lutes from Tacoma where they will be playing for their first win of the season. 

On the Saints Women’s side, games will begin Thursday. March 11 as they head to Nampa, ID to play against Northwest Nazarene University. Goalie Ali Campigotto looks to protect the Saint’s goal after receiving second-team all-conference honors last season. Campigotto is coming off of a freshman season that saw her 5.82 saves per match, which ranked her third in the conference. Ali Campigotto also recorded 10 or more saves in three matches last year including eleven saves against nationally ranked Western Washington. Lexi Caceres looks to control the midfield after also receiving an all-conference honorable mention honors in the year before. Caceres came to the Saints after transferring from San Bernardino Valley College. Sophomore Maddie Wolf also looks toward another solid season after leading the Saints in scoring with three goals and one assist last year. Senior Daeh Lindquist also returns after logging over 1400+ minutes and appearing in 19 games. 

After seeing nine seniors graduate in 2019, the 2020-2021 Saints will now look to the future of their underclassmen. The Saints are stacked with new faces with ten freshmen listed on the 2021 roster. The Saints will look to rely heavily on underclassmen this year as only three seniors are listed and three juniors as well. With 25 players listed, that means over 19 of those players are underclassmen. This will also be Heather Cato’s fourth year as the Saints head coach as she looks to coach the team to a successful season. 

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