Keagan Bolibol concludes Point Loma career

  • Written by Derek Johnson
When Keagan Bolibol left Woodinville four years ago, she went to play soccer for Point Loma Nazarene University in California. When high school friends later saw her play, they noticed the change in her. “They all said, `Oh you’re so much more confident now,’” Bolibol said.
Keagan Bolibol just concluded her senior season with Point Loma. It was a historic campaign. In early November, the Sea Lions beat Chico State 2-1 to advance to the NCAA Regional Round – for the first time in school history.
BOLIBOL5Keagan Bolibol in action for the Sea Lions (Photo courtesy of Point Loma Nazarene University)
“There has never been a Point Loma team that has made it through that first round,” Bolibol said. “It was so sweet because of that fact. And because the group [of players] was so special. I wouldn’t have wanted to go through that experience with anybody else.”
A subsequent 3-2 loss to UC San Diego brought Bolibol’s season (and collegiate career) to an end. The Sea Lions finished with a 16-2-1 record.
“It was the most fans we’ve ever had,” Bolibol said of the road match in La Jolla. “I got a little emotional during the game. Because we heard UCSD fans cheering, but then it was drowned out by our fans cheering so much louder. It made me feel special because we don’t typically have a lot of fans. So for them to make the trip and make all that noise was really great.”
As Bolibol and her teammates jogged off the field, the Sea Lion fans rose and chanted WE LOVE LOMA!
“We also had some sweet things said by fans after the game and by professors that watched online,” she said.
Bolibol has been reflecting lately on changes she’s seen in herself during her college years.
“I have more confidence,” Bolibol said. “I used to put a lot of pressure on myself. I like to think I hold myself to a high standard. And I visualize a lot. If those things that I visualized weren’t happening in the game it’s like I would get upset with myself. So then I wouldn’t realize the good things that were happening because I’m focused on those other things, and I want to improve so badly.
“So I became better on focusing on the good things and then being concise in focusing on the bad things,” she said. “Now I don’t feel overwhelmed with things I need to fix. And the coaches have been good about that, over the whole four years, regardless of the coach. They’ve reminded me that I’m here for a reason. They’ve reminded me of the fact that I’ve worked to get better at my craft and that is what has gotten me here.”
Bolibol is nowa eyeing her future. As a freshman, she began as a biology major. She wanted to be a veterinarian. But along the away, she switched to a Business Entrepreneurship major.
In hindsight, was it the right move?
“Oh absolutely,” she said. “I feel so much more passionate about my classes... Now it’s just a matter of figuring things out and going forward.” 

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