By Jacob Dimond / firstname.lastname@example.org
The Yelm Tornados boys soccer team opened its 2022 season in early March following the Jamboree Tournament.
This season, the boys are a big tough team, but they have no experience with football.
The Tornados varsity roster includes 10 adults, with Israel Mendez, Jakob Huttmann, Jeffrey Myers, Mason Zimmerman, Logan Sullivan, Filepe Otero, Carlos Enriquez, Dana Jack, Thomas Smith and Hunter Cayford forming the team. Also on the roster are youngsters Jameson Patin, David Lara and Dylan Elisada, and juniors Hudson Nelson, Dallin Rosenberg, Aaron Blevins and Alex Hubbard.
Head coach Jay Dorhauer noted team managers Mendez and Cayford, with Enriquez and Nelson appearing as leaders for the first time.
“They are the backbone of our team. Unfortunately, Carlos has been playing injured for most of the year. We hope he will make her healthy, ”said Drhauer. “But these four are helping us to have an inexperienced team. They are doing a wonderful job. ”
Dorhauer said she loves the positivity brought by four leaders each day, and the leadership they give to inexperienced players.
As the spring break approached, the boys continued to improve on each trip.
“The first few games were not fun and it was a difficult learning experience for them. But they learn and understand by applying the game experience, ”said Drhauer. “I look forward to the second half of the season to see how much we have improved. We will bring back a lot of guys from injury and on holiday, that would be great. ”
In Yelm, they opened the season on Monday, March 14 against Spanaway Lake, before quickly catching Central Kitsap the next day. The games were not easy for Yelm, as they were beaten 14-1 in two competitions.
Tough competition advanced to Yelm as they traveled to Timberline on Thursday, March 17. Meanwhile, the Blazers sit top two in the South African Sound Conference.
During their exit with the Timberline, the Tornados showed improvement in their first two games. After conceding a penalty kick in the first minutes of the match, Yelm was able to catch their opponents on the same level.
But due to the offense, Yelm lost to Timberline 1-0.
Yelm then played Capital on Tuesday, March 22 and showed their improvement. After a tough game, the game ended 1-1.
The Tornados continued to face Peninsula and Central Kitsap, but the games have been very difficult for Yelm as their boys have been injured and have little bench to use.
“It was very bad. Things were difficult, ”said Drhauer. “We did not have fans of the Central Kitsap game, and we lost another starter due to injury. We finished the week without our three to four players. ”
Yelm dropped games on Peninsula and Central Kitsap by points 8-0 and 9-0, respectively. Following a tragic defeat at the Sound of the South Conference Conference across the bridge, the Tornados marched to South Sound Stadium in Lacey, as they faced the Ridge River.
For the first time in the season, Yelm came off victorious. The Tornados showed exceptional safety throughout the game and held the Ridge Hawks 1-0.
“The boys played well and we came out on top and won,” said Dorhauer.
Following the game, Tornados played North Thurston at home. While the Rams won 4-0, the score did not show how close the game really was, Drhauer said.
“I told my boys it was the closest 4-0 victory. We have a lot of chances to score but we have come a long way, ”said Drhauer.
As Yelm High School was on its way to spring break, the Tornados boys’ soccer team got one. On Tuesday, April 5, Tornados hosted Gig Harbor Tides.
“We could have 12 to 13 guys mostly in our game against Gig Harbor,” said Drhauer. “Among the injured children or on spring break, our list is now over.”
Looking ahead, the Tornados will return for spring break on Tuesday, April 12 to host the Timberline Blazers at the Sophisticated Sounds Conference. After that, the SSC game continues in the Tornados as they head to Capital High School to face the Cougars on Thursday, April 14th.