The STATE of Soccer in WASHINGTON
The Falcons won the GNAC (Great Northwest Athletic Conference) with a 13-1 record in 2011. All time the Falcons are 113-16-7 in conference play.
It’s no surprise then that the 2008 National Champs are feeling good about the upcoming soccer campaign. The school recently interviewed head coach Chuck Sekyra in the video below. He was also kind enough to respond to a few questions from goalWA.net.
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goalWA.net Q & A with SPU’s Check Sekyra.
GW: How would you describe your incoming class?
Chuck Sekyra: We have an outstanding class coming in. It is a very well rounded class-two forwards, two midfielders, three defenders and one goalkeeper and from some of the top clubs in our nation. We have four players from the Crossfire ECNL Busey team coached by my assistant coach Arby’s Busey, one player from the NorCal Mustang ECNL team, one player from the SoCal FC Slammers Club, one from Washington Rush and one from the Oregon Rush Club. We believe that they have the ability to have an impact right away. At the least they are going to give us tremendous depth.
What are your specific pre-season / training goals?
To get the team on the same page, organized and playing very well together. To also create a very cohesive group off the field as well. One that truly enjoys being together. We will also be playing a new system.
What are the challenges / opportunities inherent in your 2012 match schedule?
Every game is an opportunity, we have been to the NCAA tournament nine consecutive seasons and each game is an opportunity to take a step closer to getting to the NCAA tournament and having the chance to ultimately win a National Championship.
Who are 3-4 players you’ll rely on this season for success? Why are they important?
Forward Megan Lindsay (Spokane). Two time All-American who also plays for the women’s sounders and can just flat-out take over a game.
Defender Josie Graybeal (Gig Harbor) tremendous leader, one v one defender and offensive threat coming out of the back
Midfielder Brittany Langdon incredible work rate, probably the best player we have ever had in the air as well as a great leader.
Forward Ali Martin was leading the team in scoring as a freshman when she got hurt last year. Healthy now and looking for great things all season this fall.
Forward Heather Young, in the Canadian National team pool. Same as Ali,scoring goals as a freshman and got hurt. Looking for her to have a great season.
Where do you see your program in terms of competing within your conference? What other season goals do you have?
Looking to win a fourth straight Conference Championship, get back to the NCAA final four and win it all.
2012 Seattle Pacific Falcons Women Schedule