The Pasadena women’s soccer team ended their season with sophomore goalkeeper Angelique Ulmer’s 13th career shutout, a 0-0 tie to Long Beach, and a lot of “what ifs.”
At the end of September, the Lancers were coming off three straight home victories, including an impressive win against then- undefeated Mt. San Jacinto and their conference opener. They were beginning to gel as a unit, and their confidence was infectious.
Unfortunately, what looked to be a promising season quickly went south due to an especially untimely case of the injury bug. The Lancers lost freshman forward Alexandra Bissell, freshman midfielder Rachel Schroeder, and their phenomenal sophomore defender Bailey Shaw-Rodriguez, just to name a few, within the span of three games.
“There’s no doubt the injuries had a huge impact on our season,” said Shaw-Rodriguez. “But I think the team did a good job of keeping their heads up and fighting through, and I think we did that to the last whistle.”
Head Coach Reggie Rivas fielded a very young squad. There were a total of 15 freshmen on the roster, all of whom are expected to return, according to Rivas. However, he wasted no time in “hitting the recruiting track” since he still has important pieces of the puzzle to replace like Ulmer’s presence in the net to go along with her leadership.
“I would definitely tell an incoming player to work hard every day,” said Ulmer. “Even if they aren’t a starting player, they can be called up anytime just like a bunch of the girls this season.”
Even though the Lancers women doubled their total number of losses from just a year ago, they remained in good spirits and glowing with positivity.
“Sticking together is one of the most important things for a team,” added Shaw-Rodriguez. “Keep your head up and courage your teammates to fight for each other because at the end of the game, no matter what the score is, your team mates are the one thing you have.”