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SMS’s JV boys finish strong season
Snoqualmie Middle School's boys junior varsity soccer team finished 7-0-1 in their first season.
Outstanding defense by the JV Eagles allowed seven goals the entire season.Their only tie was with Tolt. Goalies Jack Hamerly and Skyler Woolf made many great saves during the season. Hamerly also displayed strong leadership skills from the goalie position. Hamerly also saw time at midfield and showed strong defensive skills.
The defenders were tough to get through all year. Ryan Pedersen, who earned the Mr. Defense award this season, along with Connor Ross, Lucas Stapel, Alex White and Zach White, kept the ball on the other side of midfield for most of the games. "They just kept denying the other team opportunities to score. It's hard to score when the defense keeps taking it away and sending it back the other direction" said Coach Kiser.
Offensively, the Eagles were led by Daniel Jenkins (Offensive Player of the Year), Jonathan Haycock and Ryan Melkonian. Jenkins and Haycock provided many big shots on goal and Melkonian was always around to make an assist or key pass. Mitchell Saunders and Seth Howard were key midfielders who seemed to be everywhere on the field often making key defensive plays as well as creating many scoring opportunities. Josh Lange had several big booming kicks that led to goals as well. The whole team played well and deserves credit, coaches say, for their tough play this season. Wilson Toft, Spencer Korol and Max Cannella came off the bench and provided solid, stable play every game.