Stevensville women’s football makes history ahead of playoffs


STEVENSVILLE – It has been a special season for the Stevensville women’s soccer team. Recently, they won the Southern A conference title and will head to the playoffs next week as a seed.

One of the main drivers of their success is senior Kyra Nishimoto, who moved to Montana this summer, and took root as the immediate leader of that Yellowjacket team.

With his family already in Stevensville, Nishimoto moved to Montana from Livermore, Calif., In the Bay Area during the summer and immediately found a new home with his new teammates.

“Everyone here has been so kind and welcoming to me,” Nishimoto said. “I was mostly excited to start playing football again. It was hard to leave my old team, but joining such a welcoming team with great coaches really helped me. I made friends with the football team. before you even start school, so it’s really easy to get into class and make new friends.

First-year head coach Eric Depee said his star player made an impact with this team straight away.

“What she brought to the team was just an intensity and motivation that really fueled the young players,” said Depee. “They all see what she does, we often use her as an example for different things they do. How to attack the ball, how to kick the ball, how to get away from the ball, everything.”

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The Stevensville women’s soccer team breaks a group at half-time in their game against Hamilton on Tuesday, October 5, 2021.

HANSEN: Nishimoto, who has scored 10 goals and added four assists this year, is also destined for football after college, and last week was celebrated by the team after signing to play for the NCAA Division II Holy Names University in Oakland, California.

For this season, Nishimoto helped Stevensville make history as the South seed with a 9-2-0 record, the school’s first conference title for women’s football. The Yellowjackets will begin their quest for a Class A title next week as a seed when they host the first round of the playoffs next Saturday.

“Very proud, we are working very hard in training to try new things, look at our opponents’ plays and try to figure out how we can win and give it our all,” said Nishimoto.

“Having this group of players has been a phenomenal experience,” added Depee. “They are all great students, great players. The experience is unknown to me because of the way they all adapt to every game and they all play with heart every time and they always support each other, that’s the most important thing. “


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