|Idaho Soccer – Identity Series|
MOSCOW, Idaho – It has been an amazing year for the Idaho Vandals women’s soccer team. The team had the largest turnaround in the nation, going from 4-14-2 in 2014 to 14-4-3 in 2015. The Vandals have not lost a game in regulation since September 7, and are currently riding a 14-game unbeaten streak, the longest in the country.
The turnaround began two years ago, but came to fruition last season. The entire roster, staff and community came together as one to bring the Vandals their best season to date.
Idaho enjoyed its best season in program history in 2015, finishing the year with a program-best 14 wins and winning the Big Sky Regular Season Championship with an unbeaten 9-0-1 record. The Vandals would advance to the championship game of the Big Sky Tournament before eventually falling on penalty kicks to Northern Colorado.
Nine Vandals earned All-Big Sky honors, including Goalkeeper of the Year, Amanda Poertner. Head coach Derek Pittman was also recognized by the league as the Big Sky Coach of the Year. Kavita Battan earned NSCAA Second Team All-Region honors, while the entire team was recognized by the North Idaho Hall of Fame as the Team of the Year. Reagan Quigley was named the Big Sky Women’s Scholar Athlete of the Year for Idaho.
A number of records fell throughout the season. Idaho recorded more goals, assists, points and shutouts than had ever been done in program history. Individually, Clara Gomez set school and program records for assists in a season, with 13.
The spring season went well for the Vandals, as Idaho used the opportunity to evaluate a number of different players in different situations. Coach Pittman and the staff also worked tirelessly to reload the roster with young talent, signing 10 new athletes to the squad.
The Vandals open up the regular season at South Dakota on August 19, before returning home to take on Grand Canyon on August 21. Idaho will spend a lot of time away from Guy Wicks Field, with six-of-eight non-conference games coming on the road.
Idaho begins its defense of its Big Sky Regular Season Championship on September 23 at Montana. The Vandals will host Northern Colorado (9/30), North Dakota (10/2), Northern Arizona (10/21), Southern Utah (10/23) and Idaho State (10/28) in conference play. The Big Sky Tournament will take place from November 2-6 at the site of the regular season champion.
Fans can stay up-to-date on all things Idaho soccer by following the team on Twitter and Instagram, @VandalsSoccer, or on Facebook by searching Idaho Vandals Women’s Soccer.
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