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April 8, 2014 at 4:00 AM

The “Full 80” prep boys soccer blog — Week 3

This is the third installment The “Full 80″ prep boys soccer blog for the spring of 2014. Here’s a look at Glacier Peak’s loaded squad and raised expectations in 3A, marquee matches and rankings.

Veach has all the pieces for a memorable season at Glacier Peak

Kyle Veach has inherited a full cupboard of talent.

The former Stanwood boys and girls soccer coach took over the Glacier Peak High School boys soccer program this spring and everywhere he looks there talent on the field for Grizzlies.

It’s almost as if he took over Overstock.com in terms of talent.

The Grizzlies ooze cohesiveness along with talent and that makes them one of the early-season favorites to win the Class 3A state title on May 31.

Veach, who spent four seasons coaching Stanwood soccer programs, takes over the boys squad at Glacier Peak for Shannon Murray, who left after four seasons. The Griz return six starters, including a group of juniors dubbed “The Fab Five.”

“This is a tight-knit group, they’re passionate about being Glacier Peak Grizzlies, there’s a lot of pride and this is still a small town,” said Veach, who is lead pastor at Clearview Foursquare Church near Snohomish. “At Glacier Peak, pretty much my entire roster of varsity and JV players are playing RCL 1 [Regional Club League] or Academy. It’s a different world. It’s the same world, but there’s just a little more quality of refined players here.”

Glacier Peak, ranked No. 2 in 3A, is off to a promising 5-0-1 start, outscoring opponents 14-3 so far. A lot of that has to do with highly-regarded talent of players like sophomore midfielder Connor Seed, junior midfielder Grayden Saunders (4 goals, 2 assists), senior midfielder Branson Corwin (3 goals, 2 assists) and junior forward Riley Prescott.

“The expectations are high, but those are imposed by the boys,” Veach said. “That’s because we have some Academy players coming back. Also, they understand it’s a senior-laden team with five extremely good juniors and two extremely quality sophomores.

“Connor Seed [a sophomore] is probably one of the best players in the region after he started as a freshman. The expectations are high and you can see that with the boys coming back. There’s no question what our goals are.”

The Grizzlies have 11 seniors but the core group of talent is five top-flight juniors – Saunders, Prescott, defender Keven Duan (back from a season with Sounders Academy), midfielder Spencer Pettit and forward Alex Bergstrom.

“Those [juniors] have been best friends since middle school and been playing together since then,” Veach said. “They’re very excited to get to play together.”

Saunders and Prescott are players for Crossfire Academy who are designated to play during the high-school season.

Corwin supplied 12 goals and three assists last season on a team that went 13-6-2. Under former coach Murray, the Grizzlies won a 3A state title in 2010, were third in 2011 and reached the state quarterfinals in 2013.

This team has all the skill of the previous successful ones.

“For me, it’s a mental game and managing expectations,” said Veach, who led Stanwood to a WesCo 3A North Division title last spring. “It’s about getting the boys in the right mindset and getting them in the right place to achieve those goals.

“We understand we have a very talented team, but there’s a lot of talented teams who don’t end up winning state championship. We don’t want to fall into that category.”

Glacier Peak has a new full-time started in goal in senior Lucas MacMillan, who will play at College of Idaho next fall.

Veach doesn’t want to sound trite, but the goal is simple.

“With the expectations so high, you can really lose your eye on the prize and focus on the end,” he said. “We’ve established the kind of classic, really cliché Seattle mantra right now. Our goal every night is to go 1-and-0.

“That’s our goal. We’ll coming into training that next day, talk about that game and then never talk about it again and we’ll revert back to 0-0.”

Pettit was a first-team All-WesCo South selection in boys soccer as the team’s center back and he brings some toughness and dependability to the back line. He was a second-team Class 3A all-state pick as a placekicker for the Grizzlies’ football team in the fall.

The 5-foot-9, 155-pound Pettit booted a 52-yard field goal in football on Sept. 6, 2013 against Lake Stevens.

When the Grizzlies travel to Stanwood on April 21 to face Veach’s former team, it will be an odd night for Veach.

“Those [Stanwood] boys hold a special place in my heart,” he said. “They were a lot of fun to coach. I have fond memories. There will be excitement going back.

“I’m always pulling for them. It will be fun, but it will be all business. It will be awkward. I know everything about those guys.”

Liberty ready to rebound after first-round state exit

Last season was a season gone unfulfilled for the Liberty (Issaquah) High School boys soccer team.

Patriots coach Darren Tremblay is confident his team can come back renewed in 2014 despite significant losses in personnel.

The Patriots took a surprising early exit in the first round of Class 3A state last season, falling to Shorecrest 2-0 at home when then ranked No. 3 among 3A schools by ScoreCzar and GoalWA.net.

“Frankly, that loss was pretty devastating,” said Tremblay, who was named KingCo 3A/2A Coach of the Year in 2013. “We made a couple mistakes. Since we had a two-week layoff before state, we scouted them and, up in the stands, all of us were saying, ‘We can beat those guys.’ We might have overlooked them.

“We came out the first 20 minutes and just dominated. We should’ve been up 2-0 probably. Then, like a light switch, we didn’t have anything left. It was really weird.”

Last year’s team went 12-2-3 and returns six starters from that talented club. This year’s team is 6-0-1 open the season with four shutouts and 16-2 goals scored advantage.

“We’re looking good so far,” said Tremblay. “In the state tournament, you can’t overlook anybody. That’s a big mistake. Guys were really upset and I think we were one of the best teams in the state.

“It’s been motivating for sure, and guys want to get back. If we did overlook somebody, we won’t do that again.”

Tremblay had an opposing coach – from a common opponent — tell him he thought Liberty was better last year than the eventual 3A state champion Bonney Lake.

“I think we did have a tough draw, and Shorecrest came as a No. 3 team from their district after getting upset in the district tournament,” Tremblay said. “I talked to coach who saw Bonney Lake play and he wondered, ‘How did you guys lose in the first round?’

“He said he thought we were heads and shoulders above Bonney Lake, who won it.”

The Patriots lost three All-KingCo 3A/2A selections to graduation in midfielder Jared Bales and defenders Joe Dapper and Jake Ericksen. They also graduated starting goalkeeper Nate Mak and lost junior midfielder/forward Connor Noblat (7 goals, 8 assists) to the Sounders Academy this spring.

“We lost quite a bit, you know three first-teamers and pretty much our whole defense,” Tremblay said. “That was a major concern, replacing all our guys in the back. We also lost Connor Noblat, probably who would have been one of our best returning players, so that was another blow.”

Defense was the biggest question mark in 2014, but so far it’s been top shelf.

“We felt like our midfielders would be good, and we’d be good up front” Tremblay said. “But we’ve done pretty good on defense.”

Giving the Patriots a boost in 2014 this year are sophomore center back Tyler Wray, junior outside midfielder Tyler Jensen, senior center back Jacob Muttart and junior left back Ryan Graham.

Jensen has four goals and four assists so far this season.

“He’s good one v. one, has good vision and a good shot,” Tremblay said. “He’s been hitting each game on offense this season for us.”

Other starters back are senior outside midfielder Antonio Lago and senior center midfielder Colton Ronk and junior forward Noah Anderson.

ScoreCzar.org provides unique twist on rankings

Here’s the link to the latest 2014 ranking for boys soccer by ww.scoreczar.org:

http://www.scoreczar.org/find-your-team/high-school/soccer/wa

Marquee matches upcoming

Monday, April 7

SPSL 4A North: Jefferson at Auburn Riverside; Kentwood at Kentridge, both 7:30 p.m.

SPSL 4A South: Beamer at Curtis; Rogers (Puyallup) at Federal Way, both 7:30 p.m.

KingCo 4A: Ballard at Issaquah; Roosevelt at Skyline, both 7:30 p.m.

KingCo 3A/2A: Bellevue at Liberty (Issaquah); Mercer Island at Mount Si, both 7:30 p.m.

3A/2A Seamount League: Tyee at Kennedy Catholic; Hazen at Lindbergh, both 6 p.m.

SPSL 3A: Bonney Lake at Auburn Mountainview, 7 p.m.

WesCo 3A: Oak Harbor at Glacier Peak, Mountlake Terrace at Shorecrest, both 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, April 8

3A Metro League: West Seattle at Franklin; O’Dea at Seattle Prep, both 3:30 p.m.; Chief Sealth at Nathan Hale, 4 p.m.

Cascade Conference: Coupeville at Archbishop Murphy, 6 p.m.

Nonleague: Stadium at Bainbridge, 6 p.m.

Wednesday, April 9

KingCo 4A: Issaquah at Bothell; Skyline at Inglemoor; Redmond at Roosevelt, all 7:30 p.m.

SPSL 4A North: Auburn Riverside at Tahoma, 7:30 p.m.

SPSL 4A South: Rogers (Puyallup) at Emerald Ridge, Federal Way at Puyallup at Sparks Stadium, both 7:30 p.m.

WesCo 4A North: Mariner at Snohomish, 7:30 p.m.

KingCo 3A/2A: Liberty (Issaquah) at Mount Si, 7:30 p.m.

3A/2A Seamount: Kennedy Catholic at Hazen, 5:30 p.m.

SPSL 3A: Decatur at Bonney Lake, 5 p.m.

Thursday, April 10

3A Metro League: Ingraham at West Seattle, 3:30 p.m.l; Bishop Blanchet at Bainbridge, 7 p.m.

1A Nisqually League: Charles Wright vs. Seattle Christian at Valley Ridge Park, 3:30 p.m.

Friday, April 11

3A Metro League: Nathan Hale at Seattle Prep, 3:30 p.m.

Cascade Conference: Archbishop Murphy at South Whidbey, 6 p.m.

Nonleague: Oak Harbor at Arlington, 7 p.m.

Saturday, April 12

Nonleague: Central Kitsap at Bainbridge, 1 p.m.

National rankings picture

The first spring boys soccer rankings from National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) came out on Tuesday, March 25. The next set of rankings is due Tuesday, April 8. Four teams from Washington state debuted in the top 20 in the first set of rankings for the spring of 2014. Class 4A state champions Jefferson of Federal Way opened at No. 4, followed by Federal Way at No. 10, Camas at No.  16 and Inglemoor tied at No. 19. The link is below:

http://www.nscaatv.com/rankings/3042/Spring/men/National/Poll1

The NSCAA regional poll was filled with all but one Washington team, from No. 1 through No. 10. Here’s the first Region V poll for spring of 2014 (also pasted below):

http://www.nscaatv.com/rankings/3041/Spring/men/RegionV/Poll1

NEWEST: Region 5 – Alaska, Washington
Rank Team Name City State Record (W-L-T) State Div. Notes
1 Thomas Jefferson Auburn WA 1 – 0 – 0 4A 2014 State 4A Champions
2 Federal Way Federal Way WA 2 – 0 – 0 4A
3 Camas Camas WA 3 – 0 – 1 4A
4 Inglemoor Kenmore WA 4 – 0 – 0 4A
5 Skywiew Vancouver WA 3 – 0 – 0 4A
6 Shorecrest Seattle WA 2 – 0 – 0 4A 2014 State 3A 2nd Place
7 Bainbridge Bainbridge Island WA 1 – 0 – 0 3A
8 Puyallup Puyallup WA 1 – 0 – 1 4A
9 Archbishop Murphy Everett WA 1 – 0 – 1 2A
10 Glacier Peak Snohomish WA 2 – 0 – 0 3A
10 South Anchorage Anchorage AK 0 – 0 – 0 2014 State Champions

2014 SEATTLE TIMES STATE BOYS SOCCER RANKINGS

Here are The Seattle Times rankings for Class 4A, 3A and 2A for Week 3 of the 2014 season (this year’s record in parentheses):

Week 3 rankings – 4A, 3A, 2A

Class 4A, 3A & 2A boys soccer state rankings – Week 3

(2014 records in parentheses)

Class 4A

1, Federal Way (5-0-1)

2, Camas (6-0-2)

3, Inglemoor (6-1-0)

4, Jefferson (5-1-0)

5, Skyview (Vancouver) (7-0-1)

6, Kentwood (4-0-2)

7, Union (Vancouver) (7-1-0)

8, Skyline (5-0-3)

9, Issaquah (5-0-1)

10, Ferris (Spokane) (7-0-0)

On the bubble: Davis (Yakima) (5-0-1), Snohomish (5-1-0), Ballard (5-1-0), Roosevelt (4-3-0), Central Valley (Spokane) (6-1-0), Puyallup (4-1-1), Kentridge (3-1-3), Rogers (Puyallup) (4-0-2), Jackson (3-2-1), Mariner (3-0-2), Pasco (4-3-0), Beamer (3-2-1), Lake Stevens (4-1-2), Gig Harbor (6-1-0), Eisenhower (Yakima) (4-1-1), Curtis (3-1-2).

Class 3A

1, Bonney Lake (4-1-0)

2, Glacier Peak (5-0-1)

3, Kennewick (8-0-0)

4, Sunnyside (6-0-0)

5, Liberty (Issaquah) (6-0-1)

6, Lakeside (7-1-0)

7, Hanford (7-1-0)

8, Mount Spokane (5-1-0)

9, Mount Si (5-1-1)

10, Mercer Island (3-1-3)

On the bubble: Shorecrest (4-2-0), Shelton (5-1-0), Shorewood (1-1-4), Oak Harbor (3-1-1), Stanwood (3-1-1), Interlake (4-3-0), Hazen (3-2-0), Kennedy Catholic (4-1-1), Tyee (2-0-3), Lakes (4-0-0), Auburn Mountainview (1-0-1), Nathan Hale (4-0-2), Ingraham (3-2-3), Chief Sealth (3-2-1), Marysville-Pilchuck (2-3-1), Bainbridge (2-1-0), Franklin (2-1-3).

Class 2A

1, Cheney (7-1-1)

2, Archbishop Murphy (5-0-1)

3, Sedro-Woolley (5-0-1)

4, Bellingham (3-0-4)

5, Aberdeen (6-0-0)

6, North Kitsap (5-0-0)

7, Fife (6-0-0)

8, Capital (6-0-0)

9, Hockinson (6-1-0)

10, Ellensburg (5-1-0)

On the bubble: Pullman (7-2-0), Ridgefield (3-2-1), Cedarcrest (3-3-0), Squalicum (4-0-2), Anacortes (4-1-1), Kingston (4-1-0), Klahowya (4-2-0), Franklin Pierce (1-2-1), Toppenish (NA), Lake Washington (4-3-0), Foster (3-1-1).

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