Nooksack Valley Pioneers prep girls' soccer capsule

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDSeptember 13, 2013 

NOOKSACK VALLEY

PIONEERS

Coach: Valentin Villalobos

Last year: Finished fifth in the Class 1A NWC standings with a conference record of 0-9-3. ... Did not qualify for the postseason, finishing 0-13-3 overall.

Players to watch: Tori VandeHoef (jr., M); Jasmin Zavala (so., M); Jill DeJager (sr., F); Julie Campos (sr., M)

Outlook: It's no secret the Pioneers need to find a way to score goals this year and give up less scores to the opposition. Nooksack Valley scored one time during its final seven matches and surrendered five or more goals nine times. The best way to fix issues on the front and back end may be to strengthen up and middle, and second-year coach Valentin Villalobos has a group he feels can do that. The trio of sophomore Jasmin Zavala, junior Tori VandeHoef and senior Julie Campos gives Villalobos a group of players who should help orchestrate an attack and also be able to help out on defense. "My team is pretty divided," said Villalobos of where his team strength lies. "We have one or two players here and there that are pretty strong. We are pretty strong up front and the middle, it will be OK." VandeHoef, who showed she can score last year, will help up top, and seniors Anna-Lee Hynes and Emilia Lopez and junior Ruth Garcia will be counted on to produce scoring chances. Defensively, Villalobos returns experience. Seniors Sabrina Aase, Sabrina deBont and Brianna Prink will play on the back line, as well as senior Janis DeJager and junior Brittany Passe. "Last year we had hardly any girls to choose from," Villalobos said, "but this year we had a really good turnout. We had just over 30 girls, and that makes a big difference. So far the team is looking good."

2013 ROSTER

No. Player Yr. Pos.

1 Arianna Leyba Sr. GK

2 Julie Campos Sr. M

3 Sabrina Aase Sr. D

4 Sabrina deBont Sr. D

5 Jill DeJager Sr. F

6 Janis DeJager Sr. M/D

7 Brianna Prink Sr. D

8 Anna-Lee Hynes Sr. M/F

9 Emilia Lopez Sr. M/F

11 Jasmin Zavala So. M

12 Maria Garcia So. M

12 Brittany Passe Jr. D/M

13 Delaney Cop Fr. M

14 Tori VandeHoef Jr. M

15 Courtney Haak Fr. M

17 Cheyanna Maxwell Sr. GK

18 Ruth Garcia Jr. M/F

2013 SCHEDULE

Sept. 10 La Conner 4:30 p.m.

Sept. 12 Blaine 4:30 p.m.

Sept. 14 at Mount Baker 1 p.m.

Sept. 17 Sedro-Woolley* 4:30 p.m.

Sept. 19 Meridian* 4:30 p.m.

Sept. 24 at Blaine* 4:30 p.m.

Oct. 1 Mount Baker* 4:30 p.m.

Oct. 3 Lynden* 4:30 p.m.

Oct. 8 at Ferndale* 4 p.m.

Oct. 10 Squalicum* 4:30 p.m.

Oct. 12 Friday Harbor TBD

Oct. 15 at Burlington-Edison* 6 p.m.

Oct. 17 at Anacortes* 6 p.m.

Oct. 19 at Lynden Christian* 1 p.m.

Oct. 22 Sehome* 4:30 p.m.

Oct. 24 at Bellingham* (Northwest) 4 p.m.

*NWC match

Reach ANDREW LANG at andrew.lang@bellinghamherald.com or call ext. 862.

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