After a few losses and a win, the Monarchs are pushing themselves toward the end of the season with a positive attitude and a focus on getting back to the fundamentals of the game.
With 3 games left in the season, the Monarchs are looking to end the season on a high note against Northeaster Oklahoma, Northern Oklahoma, and Eastern Utah.
Coach Timo Kibune is not just an women’s soccer coach. Rather, he sees himself as an academic mentor and leadership trainer to every player that joins the team.
“Our philosophy is to develop leaders on and off the field. We want our student athletes to always strive to be the best, no matter where they are,” Kibune said. "Our emphasis is in the classroom. All the coaches are on the same page and we all understand how important it is to see our student athletes transition to a four-year school.”
Kibune’s emphasis on student in the term student-athlete has proven successful in the short time MCC-Maple Woods has fielded a women’s soccer team. In five years, Kibune led his team to the region championship game twice and to the semi finals twice.
Individual players are also bringing home recognition, as a handful of players have been named All-Americans for their stellar performances on the field.
“I believe in respect, leadership and responsibility from all my athletes,” Kibune said. “All these are tools that have helped and assisted our students to succeed in and out of the classroom.”