All good things, as the cliché goes, must come to an end.
These Wolves are hoping for a bit of a reprieve.
After scoring two consecutive berths to the class 2A state tournament, Sequim’s boys soccer squad lost nine seniors to graduation and return just five starters to the 2011 squad.
“This year’s team will be a work in progress,” says coach Dave Brasher.
Still, if history is any indication, the Wolves will be in the mix of things. Sequim hasn’t had a losing season since 2001. Last season’s district championship-winning squad lost 1-0 to eventual state 2A champion Bellingham.
Back from that campaign are forward Nick Camporini and midfielder Gerry Azanza, who combined for six scores in 2010.
“Gerry and Nick give us a very solid core through the middle,” Brasher says. “Both are big and strong and if they work together, may cause defenders fits. Azanza brings his passion and vocal exuberance to every practice and game and this team will need him and Camporini to solidify them into a working whole.”
They’ll help make up for the loss of top scorer John Textor to graduation.
Joining Azanza is a new set of midfield teammates, including Omar Flores, Saul Flores and Michael Lee, who will look to forwards Camporini, Waylon Lam and Mitch McHugh to finish off drives.
Supporting returning goalkeeper Byron Boots is a youthful back line. Junior Irons Ring moves from right to center and will be flanked by a pair of newcomers, sophomore Mason Barrett and freshman Lijah Sanford.
“The innocence and ignorance of youth could lead to brilliance or tragedy and most likely both in equal amounts,” Brasher says.
The back line should be tested by a bevy of strong Olympic League foes, particularly North Kitsap. The Vikings were 9-1-1 in league play and 12-1-2 last season, losing the league 3A title to Bremerton in a tiebreaker.
Brasher figures that Kingston, Bremerton and Olympic should be strong while the Wolves’ rival Port Townsend should put up quite a fight.
Brasher likes his team’s chances.
“This team has fun playing the game and has the potential of showing some really nice soccer,” he says.
Reach Michael Dashiell at firstname.lastname@example.org.