The Cal Lutheran women’s soccer team has enjoyed a long streak of success with 10 consecutive Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) Postseason Tournament appearances and four conference titles in that span. After falling just short in the past two tournament title games, the Regals will look to break through in 2016 with a returning group of 17, including seven starters, while adding 12 newcomers.
The 2015-16 academic year was a memorable one for the Cal Lutheran athletics department. With 430 student-athletes occupying 460 roster spots, a number of milestones were met including the first NCAA Division III National title in school history, which was achieved by the women’s volleyball team, and an individual national champion crowned to round out the year.
The Cal Lutheran women’s soccer team is eager to return to the pitch in 2016 where they will play 20 total contests in the regular season with 10 of those at home inside William Rolland Stadium. The Regals will compete in six non-conference matches and 14 against Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) opponents.
Throughout the school year, much of the day-to-day focus is directed towards the successes of the Cal Lutheran athletics programs, but on Saturday, May 7, a group of 150 student-athletes, with their families and friends, gathered inside of the Gilbert Arena for the 13th CLU Scholar-Athlete Society Induction ceremony where academics were praised.
To be an All-Conference collegiate athlete takes talent, dedication and hard work, but to be a two-sport All-Conference player is even more commendable. Sophomore Olivia Leyva has done just that and is one of a rare few in unrelated sports to do so in the SCIAC, garnering accolades for both women’s soccer and softball.
Cal Lutheran is one of 450 Division III institutions around the country. During the week of April 4-10, all members will host Division III Week, aimed at celebrating what those schools have to offer student-athletes in the classroom, in the field of play and in the community during the 42nd year of the NCAA.
California Lutheran University has entered into an agreement with the Los Angeles Rams to allow the team to base its training operations on the university’s Thousand Oaks campus for at least two years.