Midwest City, OK: Rose State Women’s Soccer end the season with a record of 15-7 and break history by becoming District Finalists. To add to the excitement, the Raiders advance to the Championship game winning in a PK shootout over the #19 ranked team in the nation. The Raiders advanced to the finalist round, on November 4, where they faced off against the #2 ranked team in the country, Tyler Junior College.
When asked about the season, Coach Solomon said, “The girls were relentless and determined to go to nationals. Overall, proud of the girls. It was a tough season. Every loss that we had was to a nationally ranked team. It felt like we had one of the toughest schedules in the country and they were willing to step up and play every game”.
The Semi-Finals against Butler were equalized by Aspen Blood and resulted in a PK shootout, with scores by Blood and Simone Ryan. Revella Fisher, Raider GK, ended the game with 9 shots on goal and 8 saves. In the Championship game, Raider Blood scored the first goal against Tyler, with an assist by Ruth Khasoha. Tyler, then tied the game in the first half and scored against the Raiders twice more in the second half. With a tough competitive loss of 3-1.
The Raiders are coached by Head Coach, Damon Solomon and Assistant Coach, Sadé Boswell. Coach Solomon began his collegiate soccer coaching career at Neosho County Community College in 2007. Solomon began at Rose State when soccer was revived by President Jeanie Webb and has coached the Raiders for four seasons. Sadé Boswell began at Rose State in 2015 to join Coach Solomon. This is the first year the Raiders Women’s Soccer team has advanced to Districts, as well as Men’s Soccer. Men’s Soccer won the Regional Championship game. The Raider Women’s Soccer team was one game away from Nationals, which they aspire to advance to in coming years.