Wedgworth, Buchanan join Blue Mountain Community College's first women's soccer team
Timberwolves open with scrimmage against Western Wyoming (Rock Springs) at noon on Friday in Pendleton
Allison Wedgworth and Addie Buchanan are already into Blue Mountain Community College (Pendleton) history.
Wedgworth, a 5-foot sophomore defender, Buchanan, a 5-foot-4 freshman midfielder, and the first-ever Timberwolves women's soccer team enter Northwest Athletic Conference play this fall.
"I honestly couldn't be more excited to be a part of something so amazing," Wedgworth said. "I never would have thought of being a college student and being able to start a new program. I'm really excited to see where this year takes us."
Blue Mountain's College Board of Education announced its men's and women's soccer programs' inception in Sept. 2015. The men will begin play in the fall of 2017.
The school, founded in 1962, educates 9,535 students as of 2012 and now fields baseball, men's and women's basketball, rodeo, softball and volleyball teams.
The Timberwolves' soccer field is the only regulation-sized field in Pendleton, home to nearly 17,000 people.
Blue Mountain is set to host Western Wyoming Community College (Rock Springs) of the National Junior College Athletics Association in a scrimmage at noon on Friday in Pendleton, and will enter NWAC play at Yakima Valley Community College (Wash.) at 2 p.m. on Sept. 14.
Community Colleges of Spokane (Wash.), a winner of five NWAC titles, is the twice-defending East region champion.
Timberwolves coach Art Mota joins Blue Mountain after reaching the playoffs out of the South Region with Chemeketa Community College (Salem) in 2014 and 2015.
"I've only known Allison for a couple of weeks, but in that short time she has shown a strong work ethic and has literally given blood, sweat, and tears, and we haven't even played a game yet," Mota said. "The other thing I appreciate about her is that she doesn't complain. She's the only sophomore on a very young team. Addilyn recently joined our program and has worked hard to catch up with the rest of the group in terms of fitness and learning our style of play. She shows up to training with a positive attitude, and I look forward to seeing her develop as a player."
Wedgworth, also a softball infielder, batted .275 for 12 doubles, 12 walks, 12 RBIs and 18 runs as the Timberwolves went 7-41 overall and 4-28 in the East Region in 2015.
"Taking a year off from soccer, I have faced some challenges and overcome them, and, being able to get another opportunity to be a defender for a new program, I'm stoked," Wedgworth said. "In a way it's hard because I want players in the future to look back at our team and show them potentially how good we could be."
Blue Mountain Community College Timberwolves
Aug. 19 Western Wyoming at Blue Mountain, noon (x)
Aug. 24 Blue Mountain at Western Oregon, 2 p.m., in Monmouth (x)
Aug. 27 Blue Mountain at Southwest Oregon (Coos Bay), 1 p.m., Springfield (f)
Aug. 28 Blue Mountain vs. Grays Harbor College (Aberdeen, Wash.), 2 p.m., in Springfield (f)
Sept. 3 Centralia College (Wash.) at Blue Mountain, 1 p.m., in Pendleton
Sept. 6 Blue Mountain at Linfield, 6 p.m., in McMinnville
Sept. 10 North Idaho College (Coeur d'Alene) at Blue Mountain, noon, in Pendleton
Sept. 14 Blue Mountain at Yakima Valley Community College, 2 p.m., in Yakima *
Sept. 17 Blue Mountain at North Idaho, noon, in Coeur d'Alene *
Sept. 21 Spokane Community College (Wash.) at Blue Mountain, 2 p.m., in Pendleton *
Sept. 23 Walla Walla (Wash.) at Blue Mountain, 1 p.m., Pendleton *
Sept. 28 Columbia Basin (Wash.) at Blue Mountain, 2 p.m., Pendleton *
Oct. 1 Blue Mountain at Wenatchee Valley (Wash.), noon *
Oct. 5 Blue Mountain at Spokane (Wash.), 2 p.m. *
Oct. 12 Treasure Valley (Ontario) at Blue Mountain, 2 p.m., Pendleton *
Oct. 15 Blue Mountain at Walla Walla (Wash,), noon *
Oct. 19 Blue Mountain at Treasure Valley, 2 p.m., in Ontario *
Oct. 22 Blue Mountain at Columbia Basin, noon, in Pasco, Wash.*
Oct. 26 Wenatchee Valley (Wash.) at Blue Mountain, 2 p.m., in Pendleton *
Oct. 29 Yakima Valley (Wash.) at Blue Mountain, noon, in Pendleton *
x - Scrimmage
f - Friendly
* - League game