After their second straight year making it into the playoffs, the Lakewood girls soccer team is getting ready to make a run this season.
The Cougars finished near the middle of the pack last season with a 5-8-0 division record, 5-9-3 overall. After making it into the 2A District Playoffs, their season was ended soon after with a 2-1 loss to Sedro-Woolley in the first round. Over the offseason, Lakewood graduated almost half of their varsity, losing seven seniors.
“They’re picking up on the concepts early and they’re all eager to learn. It’s starting a bit clunky but that’s what the learning process is when it comes to anything you do. We’ll continue to learn and get better, and when the matches come, we’ll be ready to rock and roll,” said Lakewood Head Coach Nick Anderson.
This season, Lakewood will be bringing back four seniors from their varsity roster including Cama Much, Jaylene Priebe-Garcia, Jessica Groven and Haley Schoenbachler. Much, mid, and Priebe-Garcia, defender, will come into the year as the team captains and will be the acting coaches out on the field. Defenders Groven and Schoenbachler will round out the experienced Lakewood defense and provide a strong wall for the offense to play in front of.
The Cougars have a lot of youth on their roster as they enter the year with a starter from each high school grade level. On the offensive end, they will be relying on their trio of junior mid Charlie English, junior forward Iliana Ramirez and sophomore forward Jasmine Graham. With their athleticism and speed, Lakewood will look to take advantage of the space that opposing defenses give them.
“My first couple of years here were all about culture. Last year, we were able to work on fundamental schemes, working as a unit and some counter attacks. But this year, we are working through a long playbook and they know exactly what is expected of them when they’re out here,” said Coach Anderson.
If you want to check out the new team, their first action at home will be the Lakewood Jamboree on Thursday, Sept. 5, starting at 5:30 p.m. They will be competing against the Cascade Bruins and Mountlake Terrace Hawks.