Childers enjoys instant success moving from defense to offense

September 6, 2019
Madison Childers soccer

Madison Childers

Shortly after Madison Childers of Anchorage joined the Southern Oregon University women’s soccer team her world was turned upside down.

She was moved from defense to offense after the coach changed her position.

“I usually play center back so striker has actually been a change,” she told me. “I definitely have to be more creative and dynamic and I get tackled a lot more versus on defense I tackled more.”

Despite the changes, Childers has thrived in her new role.

The freshman has bagged two goals and an assist in four games to rank second on the NAIA team with five points.

Childers, of Dimond High fame, doesn’t start but instead comes off the bench to provide instant offense.

“I normally sub on and just try to score right away to pick up the energy,” she said. “My team is very hardworking and supportive, which has made the transition easier, because the team allows me to make mistakes and learn from them rather than get down.”

Thing is, though, she seems to only elevate Southern Oregon’s offense.

Against Westmont, she came on in the 65th minute and assisted on the winning goal in the 79th minute.

Against The Master’s, she entered in the 64th minute and scored in the 66th minute.

Against Stanislaus State, she came on in the 27th minute and scored in the 45th minute.

“We work a lot on crossing and finishing in game-like situations in practice,” Childers said. “The best thing about playing college soccer is continuing what I love at such a high intensity with amazing teammates.”