The Kalamazoo College women’s soccer team this season is a rare case of a team without any seniors on their roster, but that does not mean that they are at a disadvantage on the field. The team is currently in 3rd place in the MIAA after a strong win on Saturday.
The team is led by a very experienced class of seven juniors, with two others currently on study abroad. One of the on-campus juniors that helps lead the way for the Hornets is 2014 All-MIAA First-Team Midfielder Paige Sambor K‘17.
Sambor, who hails from Bloomfield Hills (Lahser High School), has been making an impact since her first year on campus. She has played in every one of the team’s matches (55) since she arrived on campus and has started 51 of those games. Along with being named First-Team All-MIAA last season, Sambor was also named to the NSCAA/Continental Tire All-Central-Region Third Team.
Along with the opportunity to play soccer at the collegiate level, Sambor also wanted a school with a good health-sciences and pre-med program. K had both of those things to offer, and a combination of the two at a high level that few other schools can offer.
Another opportunity that K offers is the chance to study abroad, an opportunity that Sambor took advantage of this past spring. She studied abroad in Madrid, Spain for three months.
When asked what her favorite part of being on the soccer team is, she said “the friendships that I have built with my teammates, and how I can hang out with them all the time on and off the field.”
Off the field, Sambor is a chemistry major (pre-med), with a minor in psychology. She also participates in the Athletic Leadership Council, K’s Health Professions Society, and works with the soccer team with the Special Olympics and Olympic Development Program training kids.
Sambor’s favorite athletic moment at K so far was beating Alma last season in the MIAA Tournament Semi-Finals 5-1. Sambor and the women’s soccer team will look to match that performance this week as they approach the MIAA Tournament.