Mariner wraps up year with high hopes for future | Football

Marauders bring back much of their lineup
By David Pan | Oct 31, 2018
Photo by: David R Pan Mariner’s Jay Jimenez chases after a ball during a game against Cascade.

The Mariner girls soccer team ended the season without a victory.

The Marauders lost 3-0 to Cascade and then fell 5-1 to Glacier Peak in their final two games last week.

Even though the Marauders finished the year 0-13-1 in the Wesco 4A and 0-14-2 overall, the players continued to battle in every game.

“They’re tough,” second year Mariner coach Michelle Marklund said. “They never quit. They play hard.”

The Marauders lose a number of seniors but will return the bulk of their players, who are juniors and sophomores.

“Our strength is our younger players. I think they are definitely showing some promise,” Marklund said. “We’re definitely going to miss some of the older players. Saya Cano is probably our biggest loss. She was very consistent.”

Mariner will be looking for leadership from juniors Elizabeth Martinez, Jennifer Pena and Lissett Robles. Sophomores Jay Jimenez and Samantha Galindo also should have major roles next year. Freshman forward Nixie Tamayo also emerged as an offensive threat.

“Both last year and this year we had a good number of sophomores on the field at any given time,” Marklund said.

This season the Marauders were able to hold some of the top teams in check for most of a half and then two days later, they would give up a goal in the first few minutes of the game.

“We have to work on our consistency,” Marklund said.

The other area Mariner needs to focus on is having its players on the field during the offseason.

“The biggest challenge is getting these kids playing year round,” Marklund said.

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