By Nick Ryor
Providence Christian College Women's Soccer started off their new season with a couple of close losses to Arizona Christian and Snow College. In spite of those set backs, Providence showed early signs of skill on the pitch against Arizona Christian. The match was tied at nil for the length of the first half, as the defenses battled it out. Arizona took the lead with a second half goal, until Adrina Palacios matched that with a score of her own in the top right corner to score the first goal of the season for the Sea Beggars.
Adrina Palacios is a first year student athlete at Providence and has made her presence known early. She stepped in this summer as a leader right off of the bat, and worked to earn her captain title in her initial season for the Sea Beggars. Coach Samuel Mahtani is ecstatic about Adrina's leadership qualities and energy on the field. She is a wing player, usually the left wing, but wants to venture to center forward to (pardon the pun) spread her wings.
In a recent visit with Adrina, she spoke well of her team. "It is the beginning of the season, so the team is getting better with each and every practice. We're a young squad starting to get to know each other's styles better, and build relationships further," the junior transfer continued. "I really like the coaching staff because of their encouragement and constructive criticism of us."
Anybody who knows Adrina, also known as "Dri", knows how intense she is when it comes to playing on the field. "What motivates me as a leader is playing hard for my team. Not just the players but the coaches as well."
Before the games she is focused, energetic, and inspired. Her pre game rituals usually consist of intense music, like "Watch out" by 2 Chainz, that gets her in the zone and ready to take people out. When it is game time for the Sea Beggars, she plays with a chip on her shoulder and is ready for war.
Currently she ranks sixth in the CALPAC conference in scoring, with five goals in eight games. A goal-oriented woman, Palacios has certainly set them for this year. "My goals for this season are to score a lot of goals, play well with my teammates, be as best of a captain as I'm capable, and to be confident in mine and our team's abilities."
Her goals are goals. Oh, the irony.
You can watch Adrina in action at Villa Parke home games, or see the team streaming live on our Providence Christian College Athletics Website.