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Intramural soccer teams face off for championship on Oct. 25

Early fall was sunny and dry, perfect conditions for intramural outdoor soccer at WSU Vancouver. From 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday since mid-September, WSU Vancouver students and staff gathered at the sports field to release pent-up energy and relate to each other through soccer.

Oksana Klimenova, intramural intern with the campus Recreation Office and a senior majoring in social science, managed this year’s program.
“It is fun to connect with others by organizing and playing my favorite sport,” Klimenova said.

Students at a variety of skill levels, from beginner to semi-professional, participate in campus intramurals. Everyone was included and welcome to play. Anthony Deringer, Recreation Office coordinator, was a newcomer to intramural soccer last year.

“[Intramural soccer is] great for all skill levels.  Even if you are a beginning player, you are still going to get the ball,” Deringer said.
From 4:30 – 5 p.m. the field was open to any student who had not pre-registered for team play. After that, league play began five intramural teams took the field.

This year competition has been tight as all teams have been evenly matched. After six games, four of five teams are tied for first place.

Playoffs to determine the intramural championship team began Oct. 18 in tournament style. The final playoff games will take place at 5 p.m. Oct. 25. Students are encouraged to attend. In addition to a prize from the Rec Office, the winning team will bask in glory and honor.

Intramural soccer is one of many activities and events sponsored by the campus Recreation Office. For more information, visit the Rec Office located in the northwest corner of Firstenburg Student Commons or check the schedule online.

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