In this edition of “The Full 80,” a look at Auburn Riverside’s return to SPSL 3A and prominence.
Back in SPSL 3A, Ravens looking right at home
Paul Lewis, the Auburn Riverside girls soccer coach, embraces the move from Class 4A to Class 3A.
Been there, done that.
When last in the South Puget Sound League (SPSL) 3A, the Ravens won back-to-back titles in 2006 and 2007. Their goal is to do the same in 2014.
“I look at it like our goal was we’re back to defend [the SPSL 3A title] and that it’s ours to defend, since we won it last time we were 3A,” Lewis said. “So we’ve been in 3A before and had some successful seasons. The way I talked to the kids’ about it is, ‘Let’s continue the tradition and the expectation is we should challenge for the title.’
So far so good for Lewis and the Ravens, who are off to a 8-1-0 start heading into a nonleague match up at Stadium High School on Monday night.
The Ravens’ success starts with third-year starting goalkeeper Kristina Nelson, who is an imposing figure between the posts at 6-foot-1. She has six shutouts.
“It starts with playing good defense,” Lewis said. “They’ve bought into the challenge of putting up a clean sheet, and knowing the offense will come. That’s kind of been the mantra.
“[Nelson] gives the other kids a lot confidence.”
The Ravens are tied at 7-1-0 atop the SPSL 3A with Sumner, and have outscored foes 18-3 so far in nine matches.
In SPSL 4A last season, Auburn Riverside went 8-5-3 with 27 points for fifth in the tough North Division. The Ravens were 9-6-3 overall.
It appears the fit is good in SPSL 3A.
The Ravens’ back line is filled out by sophomore left back Hannah Schatz, senior center back Erica Kendall, freshman center back Taylor Smith and senior right back Kellie Jensen.
Senior midfielder Jewli-Ann Young-Holm, who is in her second year as a team captain, is the team leader.
Senior forward Calli Millang leads the team with 11 points on four goals and three assists. Sophomore forward Patricia Thithamma has added four goals.
Around the Area
One team from Washington state – Issaquah 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 Oct. 7 poll (the next poll is out today, Oct. 14):
Three teams from Washington are in Skyline of Sammamish at No. 11 and Kentridge at No. 13. The link below is for the Region VI, which came out Oct. 7 (the next poll is out today, Oct. 14):
Three teams from Washington state – Skyline of Sammamish at No. 18, Issaquah at No. 20 and Kentridge at No. 31 – are currently in the Fall FAB 50 High School Girls Soccer Rankings from Oct. 7 put out by www.topdrawersoccer.com (the next poll is out today, Oct. 14):