The following information was provided from a media release by Hazen girls soccer:
The Lady Highlanders couldn’t find the net, but Kentwood did after 79:30 minutes to get a 1-0 win Tuesday. It was Hazen’s first loss of the season after a 3-0-1 start and dropped the girls from first to a tie for second with Tahoma.
Hazen Coach Ken Matthews cautioned there are 13 more league games.
“You just have to look at tonight’s league games and shake your head. Mount Rainier (Wednesday’s opponent) hasn’t won a game and tonight they draw Kennedy. Kentlake wins (its) first game beating Kentridge who beat Mount Rainier,” Matthews said. “Nothing is a given in this league.”
With three games this week, Hazen doesn’t have time to mull over Tuesday’s outcome, the release stated.
“(The North Puget Sound League) adjusted the playoffs this year; this three-game week is across the board for all of us. It’ll pay off for us in the long run, but right now we have to adjust on the fly,” Matthews said.
One strong point right now is Hazen’s defense. The seven-player rotation sports a 0.33 league goal against average. In goal, junior Avery Hannenman leads the league in saves and is second in goals against average. The back four start with juniors Rae Gerking and Taylor Marks in the middle while sophomore Alex Reed and junior Kylie Cleary man the outside. But on any given night, Matthews can start or sub senior Anna Browne or Alexis Friedman in any of those positions.
“It just depends on what we need; pure defense, starting play out of the back, or attacking. They give us options,” Matthews stated.
Keeper Hanneman was named Varsity Woman of the Match.
Hazen JV got a goal from freshman Makayla Visick in its 1-1 draw at Kentwood. Freshman Anna Anderson had theassist.
Visick was named JV Woman of the Match.