Mavericks relying on returners | Girls soccer

Almost every player has at least a year’s varsity experience
By David Robert Pan | Sep 21, 2017
Photo by: David R Pan Meadowdale’s Kelci Studioso (15) and E’W’s Sydney Walsh battle for the ball.

The Meadowdale girls soccer team is aiming to be a contender in the Wesco 3A South.

The Mavericks bring back an experienced group of players most of whom have at least one if not two years of varsity experience.

The experience served Meadowdale well in a 0-0 tie with arch rival Edmonds-Woodway Saturday, Sept. 16, at Edmonds Stadium. The Warriors advanced to the district tournament last year and finished third at state two years ago.

First-year head coach Michael Nelson was especially happy with the Mavericks’ defensive effort against an Edmonds-Woodway team that scored 12 goals in its first four contests.

“I was most pleased with our ability to come together as a team to work together,” said Nelson, who was an assistant coach prior to be hired as head coach. “One of the things we’ve done well is keep the ball out of our net. We pride ourselves on our protection of our goal. That’s our number one priority.”

Through four games, the Mavericks have allowed only two goals.

The defense is led by senior defenders Isa Whalen and junior defender Cassidy Gamble.

Junior Camryn Cassidy is the team’s new goalkeeper. Cassidy was a field player two years ago and then took a year off.

The Mavericks’ offense resolves around junior midfielder Jaislyn Hart, sophomore Kelci Studioso and junior midfielder Adriana Valadez along with senior midfielder Ashley Carlson.

The biggest takeaway from Saturday’s contest is that Meadowdale needs to come out stronger at the start of the game.

“It took us a little bit to get going,” Nelson said.

Last year, the Mavericks lost 3-0 to Edmonds-Woodway.

“Overall it was a success that could have had a better outcome for us,” Nelson said.

Meadowdale is coming off a 2-9-1 regular season campaign. But with the number of talented returning players, Nelson said that Meadowdale has the talent to battle with the top teams in the league.

“I think this team is capable of playing against any team in Wesco,” Nelson said. “Our goal is to win a Wesco title. I think the potential is there to do that. It depends on us coming out and playing our best in a highly competitive league. … I think these girls can go as far as they want to. I feel we are headed in the right direction.”

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