A pair of Seattle-area high schools will take to the field this weekend in a key 1A/2A Cascade District girls soccer matchup.
In that Saturday game, the Sultan Turks will host the Lakewood Cougars.
According to Lakewood head coach Steve Brown, the Cougars’ contest with the Turks shapes up to be an evenly matched tussle.
“The past two LHS vs. SHS matches in Sultan have gone to overtime,” Brown noted. “Every year is different with the players graduating and new players coming in, but we expect and are planning for a close and competitive match again this year.”
“The LHS girls soccer team this year is a blend of new and experienced varsity players. All of the players are versatile and can play any position on the field. Possession, speed and team camaraderie are the main strengths of this year’s team.”
“Among our players returning for their third varsity season are Chase Gormley, Kendal Hurd, Stephanie Smith and Ali Eastman. Chase is a versatile player with great ball-handling skills. Kendal and Stephanie are very hard workers and are running the entire match. Ali has great vision and skill, and directs her teammates throughout the game.”
On the opposite sideline, Sultan coach T.J. Nicholas also envisions a competitive game between the two schools.
“It should be a very good game,” Nicholas began. “Sultan and Lakewood always seem to be well-matched. I believe that Sultan is a well-rounded team this year.”
“Some of the strengths Sultan will highlight will be the power forwards. Junior exchange student Victoria Seidl and sophomore Alexis Griggs will provide a lot of excitement and hope to keep the Lakewood defense busy. Our wheelhouse midfield will be the heart of the operation with senior Jazmen Griggs and sophomore Hanna Milian in the center and any two of the three juniors Jewelia Meischke, Mallory Hocketor Sarah Swift providing support on the outsides.”
“The foundation of our team, the defense, will showcase centerbacks senior Chrishelle Sentman and junior Taylor Gobel. Juniors Zoei Wallace and Amanda Markwood will flank the outside with shutdown power, while sophomore goalkeeper Bailey Bierbrauer will round out the squad between the posts.”