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Marauders taking same approach under new coach | Boys soccer


Last updated 4/3/2019 at Noon

Many of the faces on the Mariner boys soccer team have changed, but the team’s game plan remains the same.

The Marauders are committed to a fast-paced style of soccer even with lineup that returns only four starters from a year ago.

First-year head coach Henry Busch, who previously coached the C team, is upbeat about the mix of veterans and new starters.

“We’ve always just been a really fast team,” he said. “So we just try to play in a way that we can use our pace and take advantage of that. We’re not a big team, but we kind of get around that by playing a really fast tempo style of soccer.”

The team’s returning starters – Gustavo Galvan-Vazquez, Antonio Latino, Edgar Guzman and Rogelio Martinez – are joined by a number of players, who were backups or were on junior varsity last season.

The newcomers are showing they are ready to step into larger roles.

“A lot of these guys were coming off the bench last year,” Busch said. “Now they’ve stepped into that starting role and they have done really well with it.”

Junior Ebou Barrow, one of those new starters, has developed into a solid goalkeeper.

“He’s really stepped up,” Busch said. “His freshman and sophomore years we knew that he had good skills. He needed some more game time play. This past offseason he’s been playing on a club team. … He’s become pretty dominant for us in the back.”

Barrow anchors what should be a strong defense with junior Jesus “Adrian” Robles, senior Chris Calderon and senior Yevgenly Mykhaylov.

The Mariner defense was instrumental in a 1-0 victory over Mount Vernon on Tuesday, March 19.

A freshman forward, Alexis Villasenor-Roman, scored the winning goal against the Bulldogs. Villasenor-Roman already is establishing himself as an offensive force, with goals in two other games.

Busch added that the offense tends to be spread out.

“We’ve actually had a wide group of guys who’ve been scoring, which is good,” he said. “We’ve got a bunch of guys that I think will probably step up and start scoring some more.”

Mariner (2-3 in the league, 3-3 overall) fell behind early against district rival Kamiak, giving up two goals in the first 15 minutes and eventually losing 3-1 Monday, April 1, at Kamiak High School.

The Marauders cut the deficit to 2-1 on a goal by Guzman in the 28th minute and had several opportunities later in the first half and in the second half but did not convert.

“They’re a solid team and they were able to just sneak two on us quick,” Busch said. “I thought we played hard. We just came up short on a couple of missed opportunities.

“In the future, we’ve just got to finish and take advantage of the opportunities.”

The midfield with co-captains Latino, Guzman and Martinez looks to be Mariner’s strength or at least the part of the field with the most returning experience.

Busch is planning make some moves with the three.

“We’re probably going to adjust that a little bit going forward, just to use them a little bit better,” he said. “Those three are just really solid players and great leaders. … We might experiment and put them in a couple of different places.”

For many of the seniors, this year marks a reunion of sorts with Busch, who coached the freshman team his first year at Mariner.

“This group of boys was the first group that I coached at Mariner,” he said. “So now they’re seniors. They’ve been playing together for a long time. It’s actually pretty fun for us that I get another opportunity to coach them.”

VINCE DESIMONE NIGHT: Longtime Mariner coach Vince DeSimone, who stepped down after a 14-year career as head coach last year, will be recognized during a special pregame ceremony before the Wednesday, April 3 game against Cascade. The festivities are scheduled to start around 7:15 p.m. The school plans to present DeSimone with a plaque recognizing his tenure with the Marauders. Mariner alumni are encouraged to attend the game.

“He was a very successful coach. We wanted to honor him,” said new head coach Henry Busch, who worked with DeSimone the last three years.


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