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College Preview: Ottawa Women

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Friday, August 16th, 2019 -- With another strong recruiting class, the Ottawa University - Women's Soccer team has its eyes set on postseason play.

Head Coach, Skelly Kellar, has guided the program to 10 wins in its first season in 2017 and 13 in 2018. In both seasons, the program competed in the NCAA National Tournament and Kellar is hoping that the postseason experience will pay off this year.

The Arizona Soccer Association (ASA) had a chance to talk to Gow about the upcoming season.

ASA: On expectations for the upcoming year...

KELLAR: "Our goals/expectations are to improve upon our record from the past 2 years. We went 10-8-2 the first year and 13-6-2 the second year. Our goal is to host a playoff game this year for the GSAC conference tournament. We want to give ourself the best chance we can at qualifying for the expanded NAIA national tournament. We are in a unique position where we are also a part of the NCCAA (National Christian College Athletic Association). We went to the NCCAA national tournament the past two years and it was an amazing experience for the team. So we want to make sure that we prolong our season until the very last day."

ASA: On the growth of the team from year one to now...

KELLAR: "We have had the unique opportunity to not only build a program from the ground up but also a school. We have seen the field, buildings and facilities pop up almost over night. We have built the school, at the start, around athletics with a total of 28 sports. But to be here from the beginning and see how it has grown has been an incredible opportunity. Specifically, for the women’s soccer team, we have tried to build a culture that young women want to be a part of and flourish in. We started out by recruiting a ton of junior college transfers to come in and give us experience from the start. They are the ones that have gotten us to this point and made OUAZ an easier sell in terms of recruiting because of the immediate success we had. We still have a remnant of that first group but we have focused more on bringing in freshmen that can come in and continue to build on the culture and the team’s success."

ASA: On players who will be stepping up this season...

KELLAR: "We are bringing back Paige Murray and Breana Brumet who both scored 6 goals last year. But we have added Destiny Saelee, a junior college transfer from Butte College (ca) who scored 14 goals and had 7 assists last year. We also added a couple of freshmen Saipress Jones who is from Las Vegas and played for Players SC as well as Logan Maszton who was the 3A player of the year for Northwest Christian. So hopefully we can get some goals from that group as well as some others from the rest of the team over the course of the year."

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