In this edition of “The Full 80,” a look at Bellevue’s hopes of building on state-best finish under new coach Matt Dorman.
Wolverines wanting to build off season of firsts
There is no hesitation in Matt Dorman’s voice when asked about the girls soccer team he’s inherited at Bellevue High School.
The first-year high-school coach is full of confidence.
The team retains six starters from last year’s group, which posted a school-best third-place finish in Class 3A state in the school’s first trip to state.
There is more reason for optimism as Dorman’s squad is off to an impressive 6-0-0 start, outscoring foes 14-2 so far. They are young and talented and more than backing up his praise.
“Ultimately, we focus on our own system and our own team and how to maximize it and I don’t mind if other schools and other teams know our style and our system, because we will do what we do better than anybody else can do it,” said Dorman, who grew up in Nottingham, England, before moving to the U.S. “That’s our approach. If we play to the best of our ability and focus on us, we’ll be successful.
“The benefit of our system is the fluid movement of our players. We are an attacking team.”
The Wolverines are hoping to build off a season of firsts in 2013 when they finished 17-4-0.
“We do have a really group, and they are extremely positive,” said Dorman, who has coached club soccer for 10 years but never a high-school team until now. “It’s about having fun.We need to make sure we’re enjoying it, wanting to come to practice and having a love of the game.
“I think our chances are pretty good.”
The 2014 season appears to be a fun ride in the making.
A pair of sophomores – forward Jojo Harber and forward Sophie Butterfield – lead Bellevue with four goals apiece. Senior forward Sabrina Mohazzabfar has piled up three goals and three assists to lead the team with nine points.
Senior goalkeeper Sam Fredman and junior Brittley Gaan split time in goal.
“We’ve had a big focus on what we can do as a group as opposed to how we approach other teams,” Dorman said. “If we play to the best of our ability, everybody pulling in the right direction, then I think things can really well throughout the year.
“We have a really strong back line and we limit the oppositions’ opportunities. We also have the ball more than other teams. We also have a lot of people who can finish, so we’ll be in every game.”
Around the Area
One team from Washington state – Kentridge at No. 24 — remained in the Top 25 of the national rankings from National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA). Below is the NSCAA’s opening Sept. 23 poll:
Four teams from Washington are in NSCAA’s Region VI Top-15 poll, led by Kentridge at No. 4 and followed by defending 4A state champion Central Valley of Spokane at No. 6, Skyline of Sammamish at No. 8 and Issaquah at No. 9. The link below is for the Region VI, which came out Sept. 23:
Four teams from Washington state – Kentridge at No. 14, Skyline of Sammamish at No. 20, Issaquah at No. 22 and Central Valley of Spokane at No. 34 – are in the Fall FAB 50 High School Girls Soccer Rankings from Sept. 23 put out by www.topdrawersoccer.com :