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Lakewood girls soccer switches conferences


Andrew Hines

Bailey Hammond, right, steals the possession from Nadia Jenman, left, at Lakewood High School on Aug. 25.

There is a lot of change for the Lakewood Cougars girls soccer team this season. As the school finalizes the construction of their new field, the Cougars will be playing on a state of the art cork turf for the first time in the school's history. In addition to a new home field, Lakewood will be playing in a different conference as they are transferring from the Cascade Conference to the Northwest Conference.

"I'm excited because it is different teams, teams that we haven't played very much. I like that we only play every team once rather than twice in a season because it gets you prepared to play someone else every time," said Lakewood Head Coach Steve Brown. "The hardest part is going to be getting used to the sites and, of course, the quality of the teams. They've had the state champion come out of that division for the last three years. The team that has won the last two years hasn't lost a game in a couple of years so the level of competition is going to be huge. It'll take some adjusting, but we have to take it as a challenge and see what we can do."

Andrew Hines

Kloey Simons dribbles downfield as Anay Garcia plays tight defense at Lakewood High School on Aug. 25.

So much of this season will be uncharted territory for the young Lakewood team as they will have only a couple of seniors on their starting roster. After talking to Coach Brown it looks like this season they will be focusing on learning from each game. They are keeping their goals simple by making sure that they are constantly moving forward and getting better every practice.

"We lost eight or nine seniors from last year so we are a younger team. We have some that are coming back. We have a senior, Preston Lalone, who is coming back and she has played a couple of seasons of varsity. We also have Faith Doll and Bailey Dixon who are also returning juniors with some years of varsity. Those are huge helps coming back with a young team," said Coach Brown.

If you want to attend the Lakewood Cougars first home game of the season they will be playing the Lake Washington Kangaroos on Sept. 10, at 2 p.m.


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