Young Glacier Peak struggling to find the net | Boys soccer
Last updated 4/19/2019 at Noon
Glacier Peak is finding that goals are hard to come by.
It’s not necessarily a surprise after the Grizzlies graduated their top two scorers and seven starters from last year’s state quarterfinal playoff team.
“It’s been quite hard,” Glacier Peak coach Teddy Mitalis said of his team’s offensive struggles.
The Grizzlies have scored one goal or been shut out in six of nine league contests. Glacier Peak (1-5-3 in the league, 2-6-3 overall) also has lost 4-3 to Cascade and tied 2-2 with Mount Vernon.
Six out of the team’s 18 players came into the season without any varsity experience. Glacier Peak still is competing well against more experienced teams. All five league losses were by one goal.
“We don’t have anybody on top who can finish,” Mitalis said.
Hayden Rubio and Brayden Corwin scored goals to lead the Grizzlies its only league win, 2-1 over Lake Stevens, on Wednesday, April 10, at Glacier Peak High School.
“We’re young in the midfield. We have a good defense,” Mitalis said. “We’re young on top. It’s one step at a time. We played very good (against Lake Stevens). We just need to play together.”
Mitalis said that the Grizzlies’ best chances for goals are on set plays/corner kicks.
“We get a lot of opportunities, but we don’t finish on dead ball situations,” he said.
In a 1-0 loss to Mariner on Monday, April 8, Glacier Peak had several chances to hit the back of the net but came up short every time.
“We hit the post twice. We missed two breakaways,” Mitalis said. “They scored on a breakdown.”
The Glacier Peak defense Bryce Crowder, Theodor Axelson, Elijah Beals and Zachariah Wiegand has allowed one or no goals in six league games.
“There are no issues there,” Mitalis said. “We’re trying to get the midfielders and forwards attacking.”
Glacier Peak is scheduled to take on league leader Jackson at 7 p.m., Friday, April 19, at Glacier Peak High School. The Timberwolves edged the Grizzlies 1-0 earlier this season.