FIVE PLAYERS TO WATCH
Webster has scored 42 career goals during three varsity seasons, and the Mariners will look to their prolific scorer again this year to help stockpile scores. The Sehome forward has tremendous skill and a strong, accurate shot. She will be counted on to lead an inexperienced Mariners club.
Lunde has established herself as one of the top players in the Northwest Conference with her 38 career goals and all-around skill. She should be even more freed up to create this season with a wealth of talent surrounding her, and the Trojans senior will be a key piece in helping lead Meridian to another state tournament berth.
Hazlett burst onto the Northwest Conference soccer scene with an outstanding 19-goal season. She quickly solved Squalicum's scoring issues, and beat defenders with heady play and straight-line speed. Coach David Kish said she's improved this offseason and should be a threat to put up similar numbers this year and help Squalicum reach its state tournament goal.
With Sehome goalkeeper Rachel Albert graduated, Jacobus could arguably be the city of Bellingham's top shot stopper. She's certainly the most distinguished. The Red Raiders senior allowed 24 goals in 2012 for a 1.33 goals against average. She also posted four shutouts and will be instrumental during Bellingham's quest to break into the state tournament.
For new Blaine coach Kelly Tuski, having a strong midfielder who can possess, play defense and create on the offensive end is a nice luxury to have. Olason gives Tuski that and veteran leadership as well. Tuski wants a unified team that plays as one, and Olason can spearhead that attitude with her stellar play in the middle third.
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