Video: Squalicum girls' soccer raises state trophy again
The final game said it all.
Four goals — all by seniors. Four assists — all by seniors.
Squalicum girls’ soccer’s seven seniors have changed the face of a conference contender into a state powerhouse in their four years with the team, and while the talent was present from the beginning, what the group has accomplished is unheralded.
“They’re a special group,” Storm coach David Kish said after his team’s 4-0 Class 2A State Championship victory over Ridgefield on Saturday, Nov. 21. “We’ve done things I didn’t think were imaginable. We talked when they came in as freshmen about winning a state championship. To win two? It’s phenomenal.”
Kim Dorr, Kim Hazlett and Rachel Dorr may be the highlights of the Storm’s senior class, but Braeden Hilleary, Annie Roth, Sarah Hulbert and Rachel Runnalls all played pivotal roles in the success of the Storm.
Three district titles, three Northwest Conference championships, four state semifinal appearances and two state championships.
But the final season was the team’s best, and it couldn’t have came to a conclusion in a more perfect way.
“This is how we wanted it to end,” defender Rachel Dorr said. “We played well, we played for each other and we never gave up.”
In the state title game — the last 80 minutes the group would play together — Kim Dorr scored twice, Kim Hazlett scored once — the two combined for 66 of the Storm’s 102 goals this season — and Braeden Hilleary added a late goal.
“Braeden getting that goal at the end, I was so excited,” Kish said. “It’s their night. They’re not ever going to get this again ... so I’m glad it was super special for them.”
While it’s hard to replace stars like the Dorr twins and Hazlett, they leave the program in a good place.
Still, Kish will be the first to say there’s a lot for next year’s team to live up to, including a two-year undefeated streak and 31 straight victories.
It may be just the thing the younger girls need, though, to keep the program at the top.
“You just ask the younger girls to step up. There’s going to be a huge hole created by these seven seniors, but there’s going to be seven phenomenal players to take their place,” Kish said. “I hope the girls work hard in the offseason and just bring it. We have so much to defend; that’s motivation.”
But this senior class will definitely be missed, and Kish’s tears following the school’s second title may be telling of how much these seven meant to him and the school.
“We’ve become teammates. It’s not a coach’s program; it’s our program, and we’re in this together,” Kish said. “I really do think it’s an amazing team. ... My girls are always there for each other and for me.”