Growing up, Sabrina Wilk, 18, spent a vast amount of her time playing soccer. She made the move to club soccer in 6th grade where she was coached by a friend's father. Each year, she progressively moved up in her level of play. She played for Northwest United for seven years, and she completed her time with the Club under the coaching of George Kissas. As Wilk moved through her Senior year at Sedro Woolley High School, she was offered a spot on the Pomona Women's Soccer Team. Enthused at the idea of being able to continue her soccer career, Wilk accepted the spot.
Although college soccer will create its own special memories, Wilk says that "Having the opportunity to play in a club was amazing; some of my favorite memories are of summer soccer tournaments, playing so hard in the games and then just hanging out with teammates..."
Pomona College, a small 1,600 student school located in Claremont, California, is a member of the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) and National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III. Wilk plays Center-Midfield and Foward for the Pomona soccer team and has seen a good amount of playing time for a Freshman.
"I was surprised at how much playing time I got, being a first-year," Wilk said. She appreciates how her coach tries to rotate the players evenly throughout the games. Normally, being a Freshman is an intimidating position to be in but she says the team is incredibly inclusive, and the eight new Freshman players were all welcomed in immediately.
When Wilk was with Northwest United, she also had the opportunity to play for, and start on, the PSPL Surf Academy Girls '96 State Team where she helped them maintain an undefeated record at the 2015 Whitecaps Showcase - a huge accomplishment!
Her coach of three years, George Kissas, speaks very highly of his veteran player: "I had the privilege of coaching her for three years and her contribution to the team was instrumental. Sabrina was an exceptional player and person. She was always first on the field and the last one to leave; she truly loved the sport. Her skills were outstanding and her teammates looked up to her; she led by example and is a natural leader." This was proven as she helped contribute to the many great successes her team found, including a championship at the 2013 Rush Tournament, a 4th place finish (out of 23) at the Portland Winter Showcase in 2014, a 2nd place finish in the Northwest Winter Classic in January, 2015 and 5th in the Donosti Cup in Spain in 2012.
When asked about her influences in pursuing soccer beyond high school, Wilk mentioned that "Northwest United was most definitely helpful in [her] pursuit of college soccer. I wouldn't be half the player I am if I hadn't spent all those years practicing at Whitmarsh..." The good academics and year-round sunshine in California didn't make her decision to go to Pomona difficult, that's for sure!
Sabrina has made everyone here at Northwest United incredibly proud, and we wish her the best of luck in her college soccer career!