New coach encouraged by Mariner’s early season progress | Girls soccer
Last updated 9/20/2017 at Noon
Mariner opened league play with tough losses to two of the best Wesco 4A girls soccer teams.
The Marauders lost 9-0 to Jackson on Tuesday, Sept. 12, and then fell 6-0 to district rival Kamiak on Thursday, Sept. 14.
The Timberwolves are the defending league champions, who advanced to the state quarterfinals last year, while the Knights finished second in league and also advanced to state.
First-year Mariner coach Michelle Marklund said that the Marauders (0-2 in the league, 1-2 overall) showed signs of progress even in just their second league game.
Mariner allowed three Jackson goals in the first nine minutes in a game that quickly got out of hand. The Marauders kept Kamiak off the scoreboard for the first 20 minutes of their contest.
Marklund isn’t surprised that the young Marauders are overmatched by more experienced teams.
“Our team is really young,” Marklund said. “Seven out of our 11 starting players are freshmen and sophomores.”
The Knights’ roster included eight seniors and a pair of juniors, Hunter Beirne and Elizabeth Thayer, who each scored two goals.
“I thought we were in the game for the first 30 minutes, 25 minutes,” Marklund said. “I think fitness for us became a factor. Our goal was to try to remain compact as the defense. We knew we’d be defending a lot and we’re trying to counteract. But as we got more tired, we lost our shape, our defensive shape. Any time we play good teams like that, they just pick us apart if we don’t have good shape.”
The Marauders will be looking to two upperclassmen to help guide the younger players.
Senior midfielder Kendyl Hedberg, a second-team, all-league standout, is Mariner’s best player. Hedberg has verbally committed to play for Boise State. The senior has been on varsity since her freshman year.
Junior Olivia Satterlee is another experienced player.
“But after that it’s young players,” Marklund said. “I want to give them the experience because they are good skilled players that have played some soccer at a reasonably high level. I want to give them time to learn and grow.”
The Marauders are starting freshman Samantha Galindo in goal. Despite the lopsided scores, Galindo actually has performed well, Marklund said.
“We’ve given up a lot of goals. A lot of them were not her fault,” the Mariner coach said. “She’s also made some big saves. A lot of these games we could have given up four or five more goals if she didn’t make the saves that she did.
“So that’s actually a strong push for us. It’s really exciting having her be just a freshman. She seems very calm for being so young.”
Another younger player to follow is sophomore defender Kayla Osborn, who was named a game-day captain for the Kamiak contest.
“She’s a good leader,” Marklund said.
Marklund has local ties to the area, having coached with the Mariner boys team and at Edmonds Community College. Her most recent experience was at Snohomish United where she coached at the premier level.
The Marauders’ major challenge is that most of their players do not play year-round or outside of school. Marklund noted that for many players financial considerations impact their decisions to play or not play for select teams. Marklund plans to tackle the issue by making contact with the middle school programs and getting players connected to resources. She also wants to run some community programs for residents in the Casino Road area.
“You just have to figure out how to make up those hours in a different way so they can compete,” Marklund said.
In the short term, the focus for the Marauders is being competitive in games.
“Success for us is being in games for as long as we can,” Marklund said.