Boys soccer preview: 3 storylines to watch

OlympianMarch 26, 2014 


With Capital going back to Class 3A next school year, this is the Cougars’ last chance to make a splash in the 2A Evergreen Conference in what could be a third consecutive trip to the state playoffs. Capital’s last state trophy was in 2010 (fourth place), but first-year coach Andrew Lopez said he feels his club has what it takes to make another run.


Since Rochester’s inaugural season in 2006, the program continues to take upward strides, reaching the 1A state tournament the past three years. The Warriors set a school-record for wins (13) in 2013, and the defensive-minded team, which allowed an average of one goal per game in 16 games, will be anchored again by all-league defenders Martin Monroy and Jonathon Rivas.


Think last year’s down-to-the-wire 3A Narrows race was a nail-biter? It could be a repeat as the league again has strong balance. Three teams – Mount Tahoma, North Thurston and Shelton– each finished 7-4-1 in the Narrows standings in 2013 to grab three of the four playoff spots. High-scoring Shelton has nine goals in three games in season and is 3-0 entering league play.

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