Archbishop Murphy off to solid start in Wesco debut | Girls soccer

Talented freshman class helping to boost Wildcats
By David Pan | Sep 21, 2018
Photo by: David Pan Archbishop Murphy’s Lexie Klaudt waits for the ball to drop to the turf during a nonconference game against Kamiak.

Archbishop Murphy’s freshmen are helping to lead the charge.

With only seven upperclassmen – four seniors and three juniors – eight Wildcat freshmen are shouldering significant responsibilities and have responded well to the challenge.

Three weeks into the Wesco 3A girls soccer season, Archbishop Murphy (3-0-1 in the league, 4-1-1) currently is in a tie for second place in the league with Shorecrest (3-0-1, 4-0-2) and 2A rival Cedarcrest (3-0-0, 4-0-0).

The Wildcats posted victories over Stanwood (2-1), Marysville-PIlchuck (2-1) and Everett (5-1) along with a 1-1 tie with Snohomish. Archbishop Murphy also beat Kamiak 3-2 and lost to Squalicum 2-0 in nonconference action.

“We’re excited. We’re very humble about it,” Wildcats coach Mike Bartley said of the team’s start to the season. “We want to work hard and play the right way. Everything is new.”

The Wildcats have a younger roster, but they also return seven players from last year. Senior forward Lexie Klaudt should be one of the league’s top offensive threats. The midfield is anchored by seniors Gabi Koch and Tia Asher and senior Emily Schwartz leads a stingy defense.

Of the 17 freshmen in the program, five are varsity starters.

“My bench is freshmen,” Bartley added. “That is the blessing. If we wouldn’t have got this class, we wouldn’t be anywhere ready for Wesco. This freshman class is just outstanding and it’s going to be great for the next four years.”

The freshmen have the talent to compete against their older Wesco 3A rivals but what they don’t necessarily have is the size or strength of seniors.

“Our seniors are trying to help them with that every day,” Bartley said. “But really it’s just mentality and trying to put that into them. It’s about courage and honor. If you have courage and you’ve got honor, you’ve got to attack that ball and do your best.”

The early success, especially against Kamiak, boosted the Wildcats’ confidence, Schwartz said.

“After the first half, we scored a goal and it was like we’re 2A and we can compete with a 4A school,” Schwartz added. “We’re good with that.”

One freshman already making an impact is Reeve Borseth, who brings different skills to the team.

“She’s one of those people we try to move around,” Schwartz said. “You throw her somewhere, she’ll do well.”

Her freshmen teammates bring a lot to the Wildcats, Klaudt added.

“We have a lot of depth this year,” she said. “People can play different positions. It’s just trying to find what’s best for us.”

Bartley previously coached for many years in the Wesco at Meadowdale and Jackson, so he’s familiar with the high level of play.

The Wildcats are figuring out what it takes to be successful.

“They’re learning how to win,” Bartley said.

“We just want to be able to compete with everyone and I think we can do that,” Klaudt said.

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