The Wolverine girls soccer team lost 10 of their players to graduation this year but that hasn’t slowed them down. So far this fall, the team has had two wins and two losses.
“The team is skilled,” said head coach Paul Hopkins who has led the team for eight years. “They’re learning how to work together on the field.”
The 16-player team is captained by Seniors Fionnoula Bourne and Bailee Lambright. Their three other returning senior players are Ally Pauls, Joanna Evans and Katie Place. Though the team is doing well they’re still working on learning to play as a cohesive unit especially when it comes to their spacing on the field, according to Hopkins.
“We’re working on spacing on the field. Then there’s spacing, we’re working on that,” he said. “Then last, but not least, more spacing,” he joked.
“This team has an excellent work ethic. They are all working hard to apply their talents where they best help the team,” said Hopkins. Though the returning seniors are strong players Hopkins says each of his players holds the potential to be exceptional in any particular game.
With 90 minutes of playing time per game, the Lady Wolverines need not only physical but mental toughness, something Hopkins says they all have.
“They keep working even when things aren’t going as planned,” he said.
The team lost their first game to Mount Vernon Christian who is currently their league challenger on Sept. 17, 2-1. The Wolverines traveled to Orcas to face the Vikings on Sept. 19, winning 4-1. That game was followed by a trip to Bear Creek, a Christian school in Redmond, on Sept. 21, 8-1.
The last home game for the Lady Wolverines was against ongoing rival LaConner on Monday, Sept. 23. The team plays their following home game on Oct. 8 against Orcas.