Glacier Peak looking to its nine seniors for leadership | Girls soccer
Last updated 9/21/2018 at Noon
It’s been a tough start to the season for Glacier Peak’s girls soccer team.
The Grizzlies’ first three league games have been against three of the Wesco 4A’s top four teams from last season league champion Jackson, runner-up Lake Stevens and fourth place Kamiak.
So it’s not necessarily a shock that Glacier Peak is off to a 0-2-1 start. Jackson scored two goals in the second half to rally for a 3-2 victory Tuesday, Sept. 18, at Everett Memorial Stadium.
The Grizzlies were coming off a 2-2 tie with the Knights on Thursday, Sept. 13. Glacier Peak opened league play with a 2-0 loss to the Vikings on Tuesday, Sept. 11.
The Grizzlies aren’t likely to panic with a veteran roster that includes nine seniors and six returning starters from last year’s district playoff squad.
“We’re pretty experienced,” Glacier Peak coach Melinda Torre said. “Some of these kids have waited their turn to get their playing time. They’re hungry.”
The Glacier Peak defense should be strong with sophomore goalkeeper Neomi MacMillan, who started as a freshman.
The biggest change Torre sees in MacMillan is her assertiveness with teammates.
“She’s so much louder,” Torre said. “She just had great technical ability.”
MacMillan has plenty of experienced help in the back as defenders Sydney Guffey, Jayden Dizard, Emily Strong and Maddie Seelhoff are all returning starters.
“That was the same back line we had last year,” Torre said.
Senior forward Haley Grambo and sophomore Abbie Varghese are two of the Grizzlies’ offensive threats. Sophomore Annika Lambott, senior Natalie Fox and and junior Mackenzie Aiken also have scored goals this season.
Two areas Torre expects to continue to focus on are controlling the ball and playing under pressure,
When the Grizzlies have struggled this season they’ve gone away from what they do well, which is settle and pass the ball, Torre said.