The weekend of December 6 was a busy one for Pacific Ridge’s Enge family.
Skylar ’20 and Larsen ’22, along with parents Brian and Ceci, hopped on a Thursday evening red-eye to North Carolina to watch brother Derek Enge ’17 and the Tufts University Jumbos play in the Division III Mens Soccer National Championship tournament.
Anchored by Derek’s strong midfield skills, Tufts stomped on Calvin University 4-0 in the semi-finals, then overpowered rival Amherst College 2-0 in the finals. The championship was the Jumbos’ second in a row and fourth in the last six years.
Before the confetti had settled, however, the Enge clan was in motion again, flying to San Jose to watch Sierra Enge ’18 and her Stanford teammates play the University of North Carolina in the Division I Womens Soccer National Championship final.
After a gritty but scoreless 110 minutes of regulation and overtime, Stanford claimed the title 5-4 in heart-stopping penalty kicks. The Cardinal have won the championship two out of the last three years.
“The game was a physical battle, but all along I felt we were going to win,” said Sierra, a red-shirt freshman.
According to Derek, a Tufts junior, winning the championship is difficult to explain.
“It’s sort of like every childhood dream coming true in the same moment.”
Derek and Sierra are former Firebirds. Derek played soccer and water polo, while Sierra played lacrosse and soccer briefly for Pacific Ridge while on break from the US Womens National Team (U15, U16 and U17).
The high-powered athletic talent of of the Enge children comes naturally. Ceci earned All-American status in lacrosse (winning the 1990 Womens Division I Championship) and played field hockey at Harvard. Brian played soccer, also for the Crimson. Brian serves as CEO of the San Diego Surf Soccer Club and Ceci coaches middle school and upper school lacrosse at PRS in addition to teaching 8th grade history.
As busy soccer players, Skylar and Larsen are following in the family footsteps. Should there be more national championships in the pipeline, the Enge cheerleading squad will surely be in the stands!