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Freshman goalkeeper provides spark for women’s soccer

Freshman goalkeeper, Vic Graham, has started three games this year for the Wildcats going 2-0-1. Photo courtesy of Chico Wildcats.

Andrew Baumgartner

October 23, 2018

Chico State women’s soccer had an impressive 13 game unbeaten streak to start the season, the longest such streak in program history. The streak couldn’t have been accomplished without the help of an unlikely source. That unlikely source is freshman goalkeeper, Victoria “Vic” Gr...

Women’s soccer team succeeds despite struggles

Pooja Patel keeps control of the ball during the 'Cats practice. Photo credit: Jenelle Kapellas

Jordan Jarrell

September 9, 2016

Chico State women’s soccer found success early in their season, with a strong defense and aggressive offense paving the way for their triumph. The team had a promising preseason, with one win and one tie, and have continued stride as they hold a 2-0-1 overall record early in the season. Head ...

Soccer player succeeds on the field and in the classroom

Junior Lindsey Dias winds up to kick the ball in a game last semester. Photo credit: Allisun Coote

Esther Briggs

February 10, 2016

It's a special feeling to be able to put on your school's uniform and lace up your cleats before stepping out onto the soccer field. However, there is also something to be said about holding the third highest GPA for the National Soccer Coaches Association of America Division I and Division II Scholar...

Women’s soccer team provides home away from home

Shelby Lanksbury (left), junior forward, says having families on the women's soccer team is a fun way to make lasting connections. Photo credit: Jenelle Kapellas

Julie Ortega

September 27, 2015

It’s not easy moving away to college, leaving behind your family and going off on your own. But when a new soccer recruit joins the Chico State women’s soccer team, they find they have a family away from home.For more than eight years, the women’s soccer team has had “families” wit...

Ex-women’s soccer star works behind scenes for US Soccer

Molly Downtain (back row, third from right) working the Under-20 Women's Youth United States National team in the Under-20 World Cup which took place during August 2014. Photo courtesy of Molly Downtain.

Emerson Keenan

October 21, 2014

Molly Downtain, a former captain of the 2011 Chico State women's soccer team, is coordinating logistics for the United States Soccer Federation's National under-14 - 21 age teams, after finding a passion for the "behind the scenes" of sports. Chico State coach Kim Sutton saw that Downtain would be succe...

Women’s soccer goalie reaches milestones in shutouts

Chico State goalie Brianna Furner in a game earlier this year. Photo credit: John Domogma

Emerson Keenan

September 27, 2014

To be a goalie, one needs to have a large voice, be a strong leader and have a bigger-than-life personality, according to women's soccer coach Kim Sutton. "It's like a whole different sport, because it's the only person that uses their hands, plus they are stopping shots that are being rocketed at them," Sutton sa...

Team leaders set sights for postseason

Sophomore midfielder Emily Shleppey playing during practice. Photo credit: Emily Teague

Angelo Boscacci

September 1, 2014

The Chico State women's soccer team's 2013 season ended after missing the playoffs with a record of 8-8-2. The Orion chatted with three key members of the team about their goals for the 2014 season.Goal keeper Brianna Furner"I think the key to our success is we all have to all be on the same page," ...

Women’s soccer coach reaches milestone

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Chico State women's coach Kim Sutton directs the players to move the ball down field during practice at the soccer stadium Wednesday.

Nicholas Woodard

September 21, 2013

Chico State women’s soccer head coach Kim Sutton doesn’t like to keep track of numbers. Fortunately, others have done that for her. Sutton recently won her 250th game as a head coach in a successful career that spans more than 20 years. She’s spent the last 13 at Chico State. Sutton said ...

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