Boys soccer preview: 3 storylines to watch

OlympianMarch 26, 2014 

ONE MORE 2A RUN FOR CAPITAL?

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.

RECORD-SETTING PACE

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.

WIDE-OPEN 3A NARROWS

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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