By Sarah Jarvis
Sports Information Assistant
PORTLAND, Ore. - Lewis & Clark women's soccer player Emily Thompson, who was a freshman for the Pioneers last season, has earned a spot on the Westside Timbers 2013 roster.
Thompson said she joined the team because she wants to continue improving herself as a player as she prepares for the upcoming 2013 Northwest Conference season.
"It is really really valuable for my soccer career because it gives me the opportunity to both practice and compete at such a high level with really talented players. It is really helping me improve as a player to be challenged by these talented players. I also feel that my game improves when I get to play with other players that are so good. It is also a good way for me to keep my fitness up for the upcoming college season and it gives me the opportunity to keep playing over the summer."
The team is apart of the Portland Timbers FC Alliance and plays within the Women's Premier Soccer League (WPSL). The amateur league runs from May 1st to August 1st. The goal of the league is to develop and promote women's soccer throughout the nation. The team plays games twice a week in Oregon and Washington. Currently the Timbers have played five games; with a 3-2-0 record. Thompson says she is "having a lot of fun and learning so much by playing with some really talented players."
Pioneer head coach Jim Tursi agrees that Thompson's opportunity is invaluable to her career.
"It is the top amateur women's soccer league in the Northwest and is comprised of players from all Divisions and for Emily to be chosen to be on one of the teams shows her dedication to the sport and her desire to always be better," said Tursi.
In her first season with the Pioneers, Thompson started in 19 games, scored six goals, had two assists, and was name First-Team All-Northwest Conference.