Courtesy Brandon Fudge
It is often difficult for high school student-athletes to adjust to a college lifestyle without the structure of a sports team. For many incoming students, finding friends can be a challenge. The Boise State Women’s Soccer Club offers the opportunity for girls interested in soccer to stay competitive and active with the structure of a sports team, all while meeting a group of friends.
The team is a club so they do not make cuts; any girl interested in soccer is welcome to join. Chase Cusack, second year head coach, described some of the primary reasons girls choose to join the club soccer team.
“Girls don’t want to commit to a varsity soccer team, they don’t want to try out, or they want to focus more on school (than soccer). The club team allows you to focus more on school then soccer… with this (club soccer) you are a full-time student, and a part-time athlete. It gives you the opportunity to keep playing at a young age, and still be part of a team,” Cusack said.
Even though the club does not make cuts, there is still a high level of competition within the club itself and the opponents they play. Cusack estimated that the club has around 30 girls (“who are serious about it”), but only 18 get to travel to tournaments. Kelsey Kinkle, a senior transfer student from Spokane Community College in her second semester on the team, expressed her opinion on the competition.
“Now we are traveling, you have to compete with one another to be on the travel team, so it’s getting really competitive,” Kinkle said.
Kinkle compared the teams the club is playing in tournaments to the teams she played at the community college level.
“It seems almost the same,” Kinkle said.
She went on to describe competition for the club team being more even consistently, as compared to the community college level where there were a lot more lopsided games.
Moving forward the club hopes to qualify for Nationals. Because the club has only existed for three seasons — going on four — they have not yet had the exposure to play in a national tournament. Cusack said the girls are creating a bond.
“As the club gets bigger, and more girls join, it becomes more competitive and allows us to travel more,” Cusack said.
He went on to explain that the more competitive the Women’s Soccer Club gets, the more tournaments they can compete in which will result in an increased chance of qualifying for nationals.
Cusack also hopes the club will get an opportunity to host its first ever tournament at Boise State in the upcoming spring semester. “We have a bunch of teams that we have already talked to… It’s dependent on whether Boise State allows us to do it (use the facilities),” Cusack said. about the potential tournament. Pending logistics, the club looks to end the 2013/14 season on a high-note with the increased exposure and funds hosting a tournament provides.