The Rogue Community College women's soccer team lost its season opener today in a 3-0 match with Yakima Valley Community College at the NWAC 2019 Soccer Friendlies tournament in Tukwila, Washington.
"It was a tough first match up, but one thing that is consistent with Rusty's teams is that they learn from their mistakes," RCC Athletic Director Darren Van Lehn said, referencing head coach Rusty Veth. "They get better and better as the season goes. I expect them to compete for a playoff spot for the fourth year in a row."
The Ospreys next play Everett Community College at noon Friday in Tukwila. Their first home game will be Sept. 7, when the Ospreys men and women host North Idaho Community College in back-to-back games at U.S. Cellular Park in Medford.
Now in their fifth season of Northwest Athletic Conference play, the Ospreys women's roster includes 12 freshmen and seven sophomores. Tapping into new recruiting areas such as Hawaii and Idaho, Veth is looking to move the program into its first-ever playoff season.
"After finishing one spot short of the playoffs for the last three seasons, we're looking to break that barrier in year five," Van Lehn said. "We sent three players on to the NAIA last year. This program is as primed and ready as it has ever been for a run to the championships."