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Squalicum blanks Lakewood on the pitch


Andrew Hines

Prestyn Lalone steals the ball and passes upfield at Lakewood High School on Sept. 15.

The Lakewood Cougars girls soccer team took on the Squalicum Storm, on Sept. 15, in a match that got quickly out of hand. By the eighth minute the Storm scored their first point of the contest and then scored twice more in the first half. Down 3-0 heading into the second half, the Cougars came out playing aggressive but just couldn't match the speed of the Storm as they scored four more times to bring a final score of 7-0.

"It was a tough game. The beginning of our league sets up really tough for us. The best thing going for us right now is that the girls are putting in a ton of effort, they know we are going against a lot of difficult teams and their willingness to go out and play different positions that they may have never played before. When we have the need, I think that's one of their strongest qualities because they are learning positions. It'll help in this season and will help moving forward into next year because we have such a young team," said Lakewood Head Coach Steve Brown.

The Cougars are looking to gain a lot of experience this season as they only have four seniors across their varsity and junior varsity rosters. The challenges of a young team, injuries and a new conference will test the Cougars throughout this entire season.

"The biggest thing is keeping a positive attitude. It's really challenging to come out here and play these teams. We're going to focus on keeping things positive, keeping it a learning experience and teaching the girls the game. There is more to the game than the scoreboard. It's how much they are fighting on the field and how hard they are playing out there. As long as they do that, leave it all out there and work for their teammates, then we'll be good," said Coach Brown.

If you want to attend the Lakewood Cougars next home game they will be competing against the Bellingham Red Raiders at Lakewood High School on Sept. 22 at 6 p.m.


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