by Marty Zier
The (1-2) Lady Vikings soccer team made quick work of earning their first win of the season, taking the league opener 3-0 against the Concrete Lions on Sept. 12.
Head Coach Chris Doherty said, “Concrete is a very robust team and liked to drive the ball up the midfield. We played a passing game which worked well, shuffling down their midfield was the objective and it worked. Our midfield players Haley Moss, Grace Gustafson, Aria Sutton and Anwyn Thompson played smart soccer using their skill and sense of the space. The defense played well and worked the flat line effectively with good support by the midfield players. Our forwards took some time to get in gear but once they settled into the game, they had a good performance. The ladies stuck to a well-practiced game plan which resulted in a well deserved 3-0 win.”
The Ladies winning streak ended with a 6-0 league loss to the La Conner Braves on Sept. 14. Although the Vikings managed a respectable number of shots on goal, the unbeaten Braves combined a solid defense with fast break midfield and forward players that outran the Viking defense.
On Sept. 16, the Vikings traveled to Sultan and lost 6-0 to the Turks. Despite the score, Doherty said it was a fair match up, more or less.
“It was fair, except one player who scored all their goals,” he said. “She is headed to college ball and is the best player I have seen at the high school level, ever. We were short a few players, but our team did well to adjust to new positions … I am looking forward to see what we can to with a full roster in our next game versus against Mt. Vernon Christian.”
The boys’ soccer team traveled to Bothel and lost 2-1 to Providence Classical Christian on Sept. 12. Head Coach Terry Turner knew his team was in for tough match.
“Our players know they will face a well organized, skilled competition anytime they play Providence, so we were well prepared and came into this game with confidence,” he said. “Skyler Gregg and Dominick Warhead played a solid defense preventing attacks up the middle. The pressure paid off midway through the second half with Levi Moss passing a precise ball to Ethan White, who found August Groeninger who put it in the net.”
Orcas held a 1-0 lead at half and the intensity picked up in the second half, according to Turner.
“This was a loss, but you have to find the learning moment form every game. I have to give the team credit since we played with only 11 players through most of the match with no subs, and played four freshman most of the game. We also had to move our best midfielder to goal keeper.”
On Sept. 15, the Vikings lost to Mt. Vernon Christian 1-0, ending the week (1-2) behind undefeated La Conner and Friday Harbor.
The Lady Vikings volleyball team started their season with losses to the Lopez Lobos, 3-0 and the Sultan Turks, 3-0.
“Our two matches were non-league losses, so they were both opportunities to prepare for league play,” said Head Coach Rebekah Hardee. “I saw improvement every time they stepped on the court. Strong passing from Katy Minnis and Parker Landsman’s setting and hitting brought together with leadership for our younger players will continue to help us improve and be confident as volleyball players.”
The Lady Vikings will start league play against two of the league’s best teams with Mt. Vernon Christian on Sept. 20 and Friday Harbor on Sept. 21.