Fall prep preview / Soccer

Coach: Terry Swanson.

2018: 11-8-1; 7-3, second in North Sound Conference; fifth in district.

Returning letter winners: seniors Mallory Drye, Nicole Helseth, Karyna Hezel, Juliana Larson-Wickman, Lila McCleary, Samantha Ollis, Alison Papritz, Ashely Ricketts, Chandra Wallace; juniors Kelly Murnane, Lily Farnham; sophomores Ashton Helseth, Sydney Ollis, Kailey Ricketts, Mikenna Wicher.

Key newcomers: seniors Drayah Artis, Makenna Morley.

Coach’s comment: “Our team always strives to decrease its goals against in the second half of the season against our conference opponents. (If we) decrease our goal against, then we are usually winning more games than losing.

“It is always a goal for our team to play a game in November…Once you are in the playoffs you treat every game like it is your last game being played as a Falcon.

“As coaches we expect to hear laughter and enjoyment on the soccer field and on our bus rides to and from games. Our players work hard to achieve success, but they also enjoy the moment.

“This season will be a particularly bittersweet for our coaches, parents and players because we have 11 seniors who will be graduating this year. We want this season to be memorable for all our players, but particularly our seniors and their families.”

Strengths: Team defense, fitness, “great mix” of seniors and freshmen, experience, camaraderie, work ethic, commitment (“Most of our players made a concerted effort to attend summer training sessions. This will payoff during the intense autumn season.”), talented freshman class.

Weaknesses: lack of communication (“We are too quiet on the soccer pitch.”), creating scoring opportunities, recognizing passing seems, finishing outside the 18, making good decisions under pressure.

First match: Oak Harbor at South Whidbey, 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 10.