Coach: Jason Jorgensen
Last year: Finished seventh in the Class 2A Northwest Conference standings with a record of 2-11-0. ... Did not qualify for postseason and finished 3-13-0 overall.
Players to watch: Roman Vetkov (sr., F); Austin Makela (sr., D/M); Zan Roman (sr., F); Edgar Zavala (sr., D/M); Tim Tikhonov (sr., M); Taylor Bruntil (so., M)
Outlook: The Mountaineers certainly won't be lacking experience this season. Last year Mount Baker had zero seniors. This season that number has grown to 12, and coach Jason Jorgensen feels his senior-heavy group is ready to take another step forward. Attacking players Zan Roman and Roman Vetkov will be counted on to produce up top, while Taylor Bruntil, Tim Tikhonov, Eridan Neithardt-Smith and John Douglas are just a few of the players Jorgensen has at his disposal in the middle third. Top seniors Austin Makela and Edgar Zavala can play midfield or defense, and they provide leadership for a veteran team. "I think our overall strength is our work ethic, and all those seniors have that instilled in them from working since they were freshmen," Jorgensen said in a phone interview. "We're just always telling them to come out and play 80 full minutes of hard soccer." Freshman keeper Bryce Logan gives the Mountaineers a goalie with an extensive background playing the position, unlike Baker has had in previous years.
Taylor Bruntil So.
Jeffrey Delgado Sr.
John Douglas Sr.
Nazar Fandaluyk Sr.
Mark Kutrovski Sr.
Ruslan Lebedev Sr.
Bryce Logan Fr.
Austin Makela Sr.
Eduardo Medina Jr.
Eridan Neithardt-Smith So.
Zan Roman Sr.
Walter Smith Sr.
Tim Tikhonov Sr.
Carlos Torrero Jr.
Alex Tyska Jr.
Roman Vetkov Sr.
Ruslan Zakurdayev Sr.
Edgar Zavala Sr.
March 12 at Anacortes 6 p.m.
March 14 Lynden Christian 4:30 p.m.
March 16 at Nooksack Valley 4:30 p.m.
March 18 at Bellingham (Civic)* 7:30 p.m.
March 20 at Ferndale* 4 p.m.
March 22 Friday Harbor 4:30 p.m.
March 26 at Lynden Christian (Bender)* 3:30 p.m.
March 28 Nooksack Valley* 4:30 p.m.
April 9 Sehome* 4:30 p.m.
April 11 Lynden* 4:30 p.m.
April 15 at Burlington-Edison* 6 p.m.
April 17 Sedro-Woolley* 4:30 p.m.
April 19 at Blaine (Pipeline)* 4:30 p.m.
April 23 at Squalicum (Northwest)* 4 p.m.
April 25 Anacortes* 4:30 p.m.
April 29 Meridian* 4:30 p.m.
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