By Joe Lipovski
The Ooks soccer team has continued their winning streak after winning provincials last year. In the third game of their regular season on September 15, the Ooks were more than dominant against the Lakeland Rustlers, finishing the game with a score of 10-0.
Head Coach, Carole Holt, has been leading the Ooks women’s soccer team for eight years.
“It’s a sport I really enjoy,” said Holt
Not only does Holt enjoy playing soccer, she enjoys the strategic side of the game. Holt’s favorite part of coaching is the victories, no matter how big or small they might be. It all makes coaching fun for Holt.
“When you get to see these student athletes, that are working so hard to do well in school and then they have success on the field. Sometimes it’s overcoming an injury, sometimes it’s scoring a big goal, sometimes it’s playing for NAIT for the first time. I enjoy seeing the different ways student athletes experience their time,” said Holt.
Marissa Webb has been appointed to team captain this season. Webb is returning to the Ooks women’s soccer team for her fifth and final year. She has been playing soccer since she was four years old in St. Albert.
Webb is enjoying her new role as captain. She says that she will use her experience and knowledge of other teams as she mentors this year’s rookies. She says that in order to be a good friend or teammate, it is important to give others the support they need.
“I like being the leader and mentoring the rookies,” said Webb.
This year, she has her sights set on winning provincials and nationals with the Ooks.
Webb is in the business program for human resources. Webb says when she started at NAIT, she didn’t know what she wanted to do.
After four years at NAIT, playing for the Ooks’ soccer team, she now hopes to work for the Strathcona County RCMP where she is currently an assistant administrator. Webb is passionate about the outdoors, spending many of her weekends and summers at the lake. She enjoys boating and spending time with family.
Gracie Hausch is certain of one thing she wants this year – to win provincials and nationals.
Soccer has been a large part in Hausch’s life. Like her teammate, Webb, Hausch has been playing the sport since she was four years old.
“I love being with people and making an impact on the field,” said Hausch. “Scoring goals is such a good adrenaline rush.”
Hausch dreams of being a paralegal, but currently has her eyes on NAIT’s business program. She is spending her first year at NAIT in academic upgrading and plans to continue playing for the Ooks during her time at NAIT.
Whenever Hausch has a free weekend, she enjoys travelling and spending time with friends and family. She recently spent some time in Mexico with friends and took a trip to British Columbia with family.