The HPU women’s soccer team took on one of their toughest
obstacles yet: playing three games in five days and traveling
more than 1,100 miles through three states.
The HPU women’s soccer team struggled in their first road
game on the mainland, falling to Dixie State College 5-0, on
Oct. 10. The Lady Sea Warriors (1-3) had trouble containing Dixie
State attacker Mikala Wilkes, who scored the first four goals
for the Lady Rebels (3-1-1). Robyn Wall scored the fifth goal
for the Lady Rebels in the 82nd minute. HPU goalkeeper Veronica
Ellman saved five shots out of 22 attempts.
The young team, which consists of 13 freshmen, three sophomores,
and one junior, was forced to shake off the loss because in two
days they would face their next opponent, Grand Canyon University.
The Antelopes of GCU (3-3-1) came out strong offensively, scoring
in the sixth minute of the game. GCU took 26 shots on goal throughout
the game, compared to HPU’s three. GCU scored again in
the 33rd minute to seal the game. Ellman recorded 11 saves in
the 2-0 loss.
On Oct. 14, the Lady Sea Warriors traveled to Belmont, Calif.
to take on Notre Dame de Namur University (3-4). The Argos found
the net twice in the first half; the first in the sixth minute,
off a rebound by Lyndsey Schiffman and the second goal by Amy
Armijo. The Lady Sea Warriors fought back in the second half
to score their first goal of the road trip. HPU’s Ely Sarrett-Pilgrim
scored on a breakaway from a pass by Jamie Hirai, giving the
Lady Sea Warriors hopes of a comeback. However, the Argos crushed
those dreams, scoring two more goals to make the final score