by Bob Kent
Forwards Marisa Christensen and Kristine Wackes earned All Region recognition for their efforts in the Fall 2014 season.
Christensen was named to the 2014 Women’s Soccer Division III All Region XIX First Team. In fact, she was the lone Pennsylvania school representative on the First Team.
“It was the most exciting feeling. I was in shock when Coach (Francine Roseman) called me,” said Christensen, who graduated in June from North Penn High School, where she played soccer for three years. “I gave my all every game and tried to be an impact player; but I couldn’t have done it without my teammates and coaches.”
Christensen, who grew up on the soccer fields while playing for her Ukrainian Nationals club team, credited the Mustangs’ men’s soccer team with whom she practiced with while the women’s team was still being assembled.
Meanwhile, the honor was totally unexpected for Wackes, the only Pennsylvania school representative on the All Region XIX Third Team.
“When Coach Francine called me, I was very surprised … pleasantly surprised,” said Wackes, a 2013 graduate of Hatboro-Horsham High School.
The honor was extra special because before walking on the soccer fields at Montgomery County Community College, Wackes had not played soccer since eighth grade.
“Thankfully I run and exercise and stay very active, so jumping back into it was very easy for me,” Wackes said.
Christensen and Wackes, along with Julie Primavera, often provided the offensive spark for a Mustangs team which struggled to score goals. The pair credited their teammates for never giving up during a season in which the team dealt with a shortage of players due in part to injuries, and failed to secure a win.
“Both played with passion and really gave their all each game,” Coach Francine Roseman said.
Wackes, along with Christensen, look forward to bigger and better things next season.
“I am unbelieveably honored and blessed to be playing the game I love every day,” Christensen said.
As students at Montgomery County Community College, both young women are enrolled in the the Exercise Science and Wellness program.