Timberwolves remain atop Wesco 4A standings | Girls soccer
Last updated 10/6/2017 at Noon
If there was any question of how Jackson would respond to its first loss of the season, they were answered.
After falling 1-0 to Glacier Peak on Thursday, Sept. 21, the Timberwolves rebounded with three straight Wesco 4A victories over Mount Vernon (4-0), Lake Stevens (2-1) and Monroe (4-0).
The Wolfpack (6-1 in the league, 7-1 overall) remained atop the league standings ahead of Kamiak (5-2, 6-2), Glacier Peak (5-2, 7-2) and Lake Stevens (5-2, 7-2).
“We’re still happy to be where we’re at,” Jackson coach Sarah Smart said. “We’re still sitting where we want to be.”
Though disappointed to be on the losing end against the Grizzlies, Smart noted that going undefeated throughout the regular season isn’t necessarily an asset.
“When you get to a high level and have not experienced failure, it’s almost like a curse,” Smart said. “The players don’t have how to respond. It’s not the end of the world.”
Following a relatively even first half, the Wolfpack had two scoring opportunities early in the first half but both times the shots were wide of an open Glacier Peak goal.
The Grizzlies won on a late goal in the second half by junior Chase Sprink, who scored off an assist from junior Haley Grambo.
Jackson was without senior forward Jadyn Edwards, who was injured early in the first half and did not return. Smart, however, didn’t attribute the loss to her absence.
“No one player makes or breaks a game,” Smart said. “If you lose one of your players, that’s part of the game. I don’t think the offense suffered.”
Jackson is coming off one of its most successful seasons, advancing to the state quarterfinals. Seven players are back from the team, including all-league first-team goalkeeper Kayleigh Sedlacek and forward Edwards, along with second-team selections Keile Hansen, Katie Cheng and Bryn Matheson.
Jackson hosts Cascade at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 10 and then is on the road at Mount Vernon for a 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 12 contest. The Wolfpack then will host rematches with Kamiak (7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 17) and Glacier Peak (7:30, Thursday, Oct. 19).