By Courtney Oldwyn
The Friday Harbor High School girls soccer team wrapped up a busy week playing four games in seven days. The Lady Wolverines came away with two wins and two losses. The team was able to take league opponents LaConner and Orcas but lost to Mount Vernon Christian and non-league team Bear Creek.
“The team played very well against both of those teams,” said Head Coach Paul Hopkins. “They played as a team with good spacing and moved the ball well.”
Junior Fallon Taylor was the high scorer in the game against LaConner with three goals. Sophomore Ellie Perkins “was all over the defensive end of the field making plays,” said Hopkins who was also impressed with Sage Penwell. Penwell is in her first year as a goalkeeper on the varsity team and has had some impressive high-shot saves said Hopkins.
“She continues to improve,” said Hopkins
In the team’s first loss against Mount Vernon Christian, Hopkins said the girls never quite came together as a team. “It was only our second game and things have improved since then with each player becoming better acquainted with teammates and position,” he said.
Non-league team Bear Creek is a private, small 1A school that just gained 10 new freshmen players. “It appeared most had year-round club soccer experience,” said Hopkins. “We were simply outmatched.”
The team plays Mount Vernon Christian on Tuesday, Oct. 1. This is a must-win for the Wolverines if they want to remain in contention to win the league, according to Hopkins.