High School Soccer

Five girls' soccer players to watch

Bellingham's Mia Hodges is called for tripping Squalicum's Michelle Saunders as Bellingham beat Squalicum 2-1 in a 2013 2A Girls' State Soccer Championships semifinal game at Shoreline Stadium on Friday, Nov. 22, 2013 in Shoreline, Wa.
Bellingham's Mia Hodges is called for tripping Squalicum's Michelle Saunders as Bellingham beat Squalicum 2-1 in a 2013 2A Girls' State Soccer Championships semifinal game at Shoreline Stadium on Friday, Nov. 22, 2013 in Shoreline, Wa. The Bellingham Herald

Mia Hodges

School: Bellingham

Year: Senior

Position: Midfield

Outlook: Hodges’ scoring numbers might not jump off the page last season (eight goals, one assist), but she might be the best midfielder in the NWC. She controls the flow of the game as well as anyone, and her leadership can’t be understated for the Red Raiders.

Jill Monson

School: Ferndale

Year: Junior

Position: Forward

Outlook: Monson was one of the nice surprises last year for the Golden Eagles, accounting for six goals and two assists. She paired well with senior Jordin Bartel up front, and the two will continue to show why they are one of the best 1-2 attacking combos this year.

Kim Hazlett

School: Squalicum

Year: Junior

Position: Forward

Outlook: Hazlett is the most dynamic and fear-inducing forwards in the Northwest Conference, scoring 20 goals and accounting for 11 assists as a sophomore last season. Paired with Kim Dorr (18 goals, five assists) up front, the two should put up similar, if not better, numbers this season.

Ashley Quesada

School: Blaine

Year: Junior

Position: Forward

Outlook: As a sophomore, the talented forward recorded 11 goals and two assists for a Blaine team that was searching for an identity. Luckily for coach Kelly Tuski, another year with Quesada manning the middle and attacking portion of her offense should afford the Borderites a level of optimism embarking on 2014.

Sydney Gospodinovich

School: Meridian

Year: Sophomore

Position: Keeper

Outlook: Gospodinovich started every game for the Trojans as a freshman last year, earning first-team All-Whatcom County honors after recording 11 shutouts, including four in the playoffs, conceding 23 goals the entire season. She can only get better with another year under her belt.

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