The Friday Harbor Wolverines boys and girls soccer teams faced tough competitors last week.
The boys went head to head with the Orcas Vikings on Oct. 2 in Friday Harbor, but lost 2-3.
“We were impressed with Orcas play and coaching. They played quality soccer as we expected. Orcas exhibited great sportsmanship and fair play,” said Wolverines coach Andy Duke.
Orcas kept the heat on but Friday Harbor blocked them from making any goals. Junior Skyler Reynolds did incredible work containing the Vikings, according to Duke, noting that this was his first full game for Friday Harbor. Despite that, the Vikings made 1 point during a free penalty kick toward the end of the first half.
Friday Harbor continued to fight and Orcas kept the pressure on during the second half. Duke said sophomore Satchel Pieples had the determination and speed that helped the Wolverines keep pace with the Vikings.
Within the last 15 minutes of the game, the Wolverines scored two goals, one was a headshot goal by junior Emmett Carrier, which brought the crowd to their feet.
Orcas, however, scored another during a penalty-free shot within the last 10 minutes of the game, then another goal in the last five minutes.
“We always enjoy our rivalry even when we experience a tough loss,” Duke said, noting that he was pleased with his team’s tactical execution.
He added that the boys recognize they match well with elite teams throughout the state. Duke says this acknowledgment is a huge step in the growth process.
“A renewed push to improve is already evident in player conversations following the game,” Duke said.
The Wolverines played Providence Christian on Oct. 6, winning 3-0. They play at 4:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 9, against Cedar Park Christian, at home.
The girls soccer team’s winning streak continues with an undefeated season, said coach Paul Hopkins. The team recently finished a two-win week. First, on Oct. 2, they gained a 6-2 victory over league rival LaConner. The Wolverines also took on Bear Creek and won 2-0.
“The team is currently 6-0-3 with four games remaining and sit in sole possession of first place in the league,” said Hopkins.
They faced second-place Mount Vernon Christian on Oct. 8, away, before press time.
Their next home game is at 4:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 18, against La Conner.