The STATE of Soccer in WASHINGTON
Eastmont’s Wildcats are a force this year in boys’ high school soccer and a former Fire player is coaching in Chelan.
“(We have) the ability to pass and wear out defenders, and the defense is slowing the ball down well,” Eastmont Wildcats head coach Eric Duffey tells the Wenatchee World. “They just create offensive opportunities because of their patience, so when we do attack, (the other team) is not at full strength.”
Duffey and his ‘Cats are featured in a story in today’s Wenatchee World.
The Wildcats shutout riverside rivals Wenatchee last week.
Up the mountain and at the big lake a former Wenatchee Fire (PASL indoor soccer) player is still kicking the ball around, this time as head coach of the Chelan High School Goats. The Wenatchee World checks in with Jamie Richards.
“My first year as a head coach was a good learning experience,” Richards said. “The guys know where we should have been last year, and I’m hoping that they can bring (that motivation) into this season.”
Chelan returns enough players from last year to be considered a strong favorite to repeat as CTL champions this season. Richards, however, has higher goals.
“This is an exceptional group of kids,” he said. “If they can keep their heads on the field, they can go all the way. The talent is there. If they stay disciplined and focused, they can go anywhere they want to go.”
Chelan won a rivalry battle against nearby Manson last week.