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Lakewood soccer hosts jamboree

 

Andrew Hines

Jesus Alvarado finds an opening and kicks it up-field against the Vikings at Lakewood High School on March 9

Lakewood boys soccer is just starting up as they had their jamboree to kick off the season as they faced off against the 4A Lake Stevens Vikings and the 3A Oak Harbor Wildcats.

Over the two contests Lakewood dropped both with scores of 1-0. As a 2A program the Cougars have come a long way and had impressive outings against two top notch programs.

"Last season was my first season so it was all about establishing culture. I think you can see that they were grittier, more tenacious and had a little more self belief. That was all last season, so this year we were able to implement more X's and O's, and more strategy. They went from being athletes who play soccer, to soccer athletes, and that's all because of buy in," said Lakewood Head Coach Nick Anderson.

The Cougars are transferring to the Northwest Conference after posting a record of 1-15 last season. This season is a completely different story as they enter the season with a veteran roster, boasting five seniors and eight juniors.

The Cougars have adopted the mantra of "Welcome to the Fight" and are looking to play with aggressiveness, never letting the opponent settle.

Andrew Hines

Lakewood's Adam Cross gets up high for the header against Lake Stevens at Lakewood High School on March 9.

"At the end of last season I started thinking about who were going to be my leaders heading into this year. We did a lot of offseason training and we needed captains who could run their own practices when we couldn't as coaches. I needed guys who were going to be true leaders on and off the field, and to be honest with you I couldn't just pick a couple. We are running with five captains and each one represents a different position on the field," said Coach Anderson.

On Friday, March 11, the Cougars visited Forks High School and blew them out with a 4-0 victory.

Junior Austin Venturo stood out for the Cougars as he finished the match with a hat trick and Gordon Glenwood added the last score from a free kick.

Rodrigo Garcia capped off the start of his senior year with an impressive shut out.

With a strong start the Lakewood Cougars are looking to ride this momentum and confidence and turn it into a successful season.

Lakewood's next home game will be against the Olympic Trojans on Saturday, March 18, at 1 p.m.

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