BELFAIR, WA—The North Mason Bulldogs Girls Soccer Team has not been in playoffs for a few years, but this season they are climbing back into the district picture after finishing fourth in the Olympic League. Most recently the Bulldogs edged Orting 3-2. They play Fife on Thursday November 6 at 5:30 PM at Renton Stadium.
The Bulldogs don’t have the big rosters that some of their foes do. “Our biggest challenges have been player numbers this year and squad depth,” says first-year head coach Mitch James. “We aren’t in a very well-populated area so competing with the likes of Olympic and North Kitsap has been very hard. The biggest surprise for me is how young our team is compared to everyone else. We technically have only four seniors, however two of them are injured. Most other teams seem to have between 6-10.” The youthful Bulldogs could be just beginning a rise in competitiveness.
North Mason is 8-9-1 overall. “It has been a very successful season,” says James. “My goal was to only do better than we did the previous year. So far we have surpassed that goal and now we are just using this as an experience for next year and enjoying ourselves.”
The markers of improvement are on the scoreboard and in the playoff run. “We qualified for playoffs in 4th place behind North kitsap (1st) Olympic (2nd) and Port Angeles (3rd). We beat Port Angeles once this season already and we were beating Olympic up until the last 15 minutes of one game. This shows to me we are not that far behind the top teams, which is great as my team is so young. I have had 5 freshman in my squad this year, which is unheard of in most teams. I literally can’t give you the name of individuals who have stood out because our whole team has worked together so well.”
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