Grizzlies return plenty of speed | Girls soccer
Last updated 10/7/2016 at Noon
The Glacier Peak girls soccer team’s first season in the Wesco 4A has been an eye-opening experience.
The Grizzlies wrapped up the first half of the regular season this week and currently are in fourth place with a 3-3-2 league record.
“The first half for us has been just figuring out who we play against,” Glacier Peak coach Melinda Torre said. “This is our first time in 4A seeing these teams. It’s like every time we come out to play, it’s a surprise.”
What Torre and her team have discovered is that 4A has a little different style than 3A.
“It’s a little more physical and fast,” Torre said. “3A seems to be a little more technical. It’s been an adjustment for the kids for sure.”
Glacier Peak returns the majority of players from last year’s 3A district playoff team, though many of them are sophomores and juniors.
Because they are young, the Grizzlies give up some size to many of their opponents. Glacier Peak does have speed.
“We like to play with three forwards and we have pretty good team speed,” Torre said. “So we’re able to take advantage of space a little more.”
Sophomore Haley Grambo, junior Kimber Thomas and junior Randi Hadden are three players often seen up front.
“We have four or five kids who we just rotate,” Torre said. “Our outside forwards run until they’re tired and then we sub in.”
Glacier Peak’s defense is anchored by returning senior goalkeeper Sammy Fatkin. Torre wasn’t expecting Fatkin to come out for soccer since she recently committed to play basketball at the University of Arizona.
“It was a really nice way to start our season,” Torre said of having Fatkin back.
The defense is experienced with seniors Marissa Johnson and Lexi Johndow, who are joined by junior Kiah Dayton and sophomore Sydeny Guffey.
Torre expects to see less tentativeness from her team in the second half of the season.
“I feel we’ll have a much better idea the second time around,” she said.