Mariner laying foundation for successful season, program | Girls soccer

Marauders rally with late goal, record tie in opener
By David Pan | Sep 12, 2018
Photo by: David R Pan Mariner senior Saya Cano chases after the ball during practice.

Mariner’s no-quit attitude paid off in its season opener.

The Marauders were trailing Lakewood 1-0 with time running out in the second half of the nonconference girls soccer game Tuesday, Sept. 4, at Goddard Stadium.

With only seconds remaining in the contest, senior Olivia Satterlee passed the ball to sophomore Jay Jimenez, who scored a goal to give the Marauders the tie.

“It’s really illustrative of the fact that they don’t give up,” second-year coach Michelle Marklund said. “That’s the nice thing. We’ve had some adversity in the past … We just don’t quit. They just keep fighting to the end.”

Senior Saya Cano liked how the team came together in the first contest.

“We played as a group very well,” she said. “It was really good of Olivia. … She saw that Jay had the better shot.”

Mariner returns a majority of its roster from a year ago but still remains one of the younger teams in the Wesco 4A. Most of last year’s starting lineup were underclassmen.

“At the end of the season we probably had nine starters that were freshmen and sophomores,” Marklund said.

Junior Jennifer Pena sees a lot of potential among the underclassmen.

“I think they’re going to be great,” Pena said. “They’re definitely going to make a very big leap. … You’re going to see lot more improvement, especially the way they are working right now.”

The Marauders won both of their league games against Cascade and also had another nonleague victory last season. Mariner won one league game and two overall the previous year.

Marklund is taking a long term approach with the rebuilding process and the first step is increasing the overall numbers.

“The biggest thing is getting girls that are younger in the community to really embrace playing soccer and committing to playing year round soccer,” Marklund said. “All the teams we’re playing have players involved in club soccer.”

Mariner is seeing more players involved in the sport in large part to the Casino Road program, Marklund added.

“They’ve done a great job of working with the younger girls and giving them some experience and taking them to tournaments in the summer,”she said.

Marklund said that the Marauders have a lot to learn and work on during the first half of the regular season. She’s more concerned with how the players take what they learn and apply it later on.

“We’ll take a look at the first half of the season and judge our success based on how we play the second half of the season,” Marklund said. “I think the first half of the season we’re going to spend learning a lot.”

Mariner will be relying on Cano, Pena, Jimenez, Satterlee, junior Elizabeth Martinez, senior Samantha Velazquez and returning sophomore goalkeeper Samantha Galindo to help lead the underclassmen this season.

Marklund is focused on how the team progresses rather than with the win-loss numbers this season.

“It’s really the growth of the players and seeing how they deal with adversity,” Marklund said. “It’s seeing if they come back and fight hard.”

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