Talented, deep Grizzly squad on top of Wesco 4A | Boys soccerOffense spread out with 13 players scoring goals
Coach Kyle Veach is hoping for more of the same from the Glacier Peak boys soccer team in the second half of the regular season.
The Grizzlies (7-2 in the league, 8-3 overall) finished the first half on top of the Wesco 4A standings and remain in the lead after a 6-2 win over Lake Stevens on Friday, April 14, and a 2-1 loss to Mount Vernon on Tuesday, April 18. Mariner (6-3, 8-3) and Mount Vernon (6-3, 8-3) are tied for second and Kamiak (5-3-1, 7-3-1) is in third.
Veach spent some of the first part of the season trying to figure out the most effective lineup and combinations of players.
“We’ve got a lot of good players,” he said. “We’re trying to figure out the best chemistry.”
Glacier Peak moved up to 4A this season and as a consequence, Veach and his staff didn’t have much knowledge of their league rivals.
“When you don’t know your opponents at all, you end up focusing on yourself,” Veach said.
With 10 seniors and nine juniors, Veach had plenty of talented players to evaluate. The sheer numbers of players has meant a pretty significant rotation in and out of the games.
Depending on the game, up to 20 different players might see action on the field. The competition among the Grizzlies for playing time is intense.
“We promote a high competitive atmosphere,” Veach said. “Nothing is sacred. No spot in safe.”
Thirteen players have put the ball in the net this season with the three leading scorers being junior Keegan Rubio, senior Miles Johnston and junior Danny Guerrero.
“Those three have been dominating,” Veach said.
Freshman goalkeeper Marco Guerrero came in and immediately impressed Veach.
“He’s well-trained,” Veach said. “He’s willing to put his nose into anything. He has good communication with the backline. He acts a little older than he is.”
Seniors Camron Miller and Jesse Granados lead a defense that has allowed one or no goals in six games this season.
The deep roster gives Veach plenty of options.
“We’re not concerned what the opponent is doing,” Veach said. “We want to focus on what we’re doing. … We have more than enough players to make those adjustments. We have 20 guys on the roster. All 20 can start. All 20 can play.
“This is the deepest team we’ve ever had.”