Coach: David Kish
Last year: Finished second in the Class 2A NWC standings with a conference record of 11-1-0. ... Won a Class 2A Northwest District title. ... Ended season after going 2-2 in the Class 2A State Tournament, finishing 19-3-1 overall. ... Finished fourth in state.
Players to watch: Lauren Gibb (sr., M); Lizzy Herda (sr., M); Gracie Slater (sr., F); Julia DeVere (jr., M); Kim Hazlett (so., F); Kim Dorr (so., F); Rachel Dorr (so., D); Jackie Dierdorff (jr., D)
Outlook: Last year was a ground-breaking season for Squalicum. The Storm made school history with a thrilling run to the Class 2A State Tournament's final four and was a penalty kick away from playing for a state title. A year later, those title aspirations haven't dwindled. They've only increased. And for good reason. Top to bottom, Squalicum's roster is loaded with talent despite the loss of graduated All-NWC players Lauren Wallace and Andrea DeVere. "The desire to get back to state is high," Squalicum coach David Kish said. "Every day that's all we talk about. They got a taste last year, and that was awesome for the girls." Who's going to score was the question entering last year. This season, the problem could be finding enough playing time for all Squalicum's attackers. Freshman sensation Kim Hazlett ranked second in the NWC with 19 goals last year and returns for year No. 2. She's joined by senior midfielder Lauren Gibb, sophomore forward Km Dorr, junior forward Sarah Byron and senior forward Gracie Slater. "I think the talent pool gets deeper every year," Kish said. "I think we have a lot of depth on our team, and I'm excited about that." Midfielders Julia DeVere, Michelle Saunders, Lizzy Herda and Gibb make up arguably one of the strongest middles in the league, and 2012 starters Jackie Dierdorff and Rachel Dorr return in the back. Four other varsity defenders figure to vie for the final starting spots. One new face is sophomore goalkeeper Bailey Canup, who didn't try out last year. Kish said he and the team has been thoroughly impressed with what Canup has shown in preseason.
No. Player Yr. Pos.
0 Bailey Canup So. GK
1 Brittany Peters Sr. F
2 Julia DeVere Jr. M
3 Kim Hazlett So. F
4 Jackie Dierdorff Jr. D
5 Braeden Hilleary So. F
6 Sarah Byron Jr. F
7 Michelle Saunders Jr. M
8 Sarah Hulbert So. D
9 Gracie Slater Sr. F
10 Lauren Gibb Sr. M
11 Catelyn Stevenson Fr. D
12 Kelly Anderson Fr. D
13 Payton McNally Jr. D
14 Rachel Dorr So. D
15 Lizzy Herda Sr. M
16 Kim Dorr So. F
21 Brooklyn Bell-Stevenson Sr. F
Sept. 12 at Sehome (Civic) 7 p.m.
Sept. 14 at Ferndale 4 p.m.
Sept. 19 at Burlington-Edison* 6 p.m.
Sept. 21 Jackson (Civic) 1 p.m.
Sept. 24 at Lynden* (Bender) 4 p.m.
Sept. 26 Sehome* (Civic) 7 p.m.
Sept. 28 Bellingham (Civic) 1 p.m.
Oct. 1 Meridian* (Civic) 1 p.m.
Oct. 3 at Bellingham* (Civic) 7 p.m.
Oct. 8 Sedro-Woolley* (Northwest) 4 p.m.
Oct. 10 at Nooksack Valley* 4:30 p.m.
Oct. 15 Blaine* (Northwest) 4 p.m.
Oct. 17 Ferndale* (Northwest) 4 p.m.
Oct. 22 at Mount Baker* 4:30 p.m.
Oct. 24 Lynden Christian* (Civic) 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 28 at Anacortes* 6 p.m.
Reach ANDREW LANG at firstname.lastname@example.org or call ext. 862.