State Rank: 21 Northwest 2B Rank: 6
Head Coach: Steve DeLeon
2013 Record: 7-13-0
La Conner, Washington
– Offense – 2nd in League, 10th in State
– Defense –4th in League, 24th in State
Offense – The Braves had a very dangerous offensive weapon last season in exchange students Pablo Guirao and Alex Ruiz. With their departures and other graduations, such as Wylie Thulen, over 50 of the 55 goals scored by La Conner in 2013 have departed. Now, La Conner must find an answer to those departures and see who will step up to score goals. Coming up with a cohesive unit will be a work in progress but the smart, speedy attackers they have will be a good starting point. Preston Stewart may be the midfield anchor.
Defense – The defense will be looked to to keep La Conner in matches until the offense develops. Defensive work in the midfield and goalkeeping will be needs as well. Mitch Grant and Cole Smith return as solid individual defenders who will patrol the back line. Returning to the program is Erick Reinstra, who was a former All-League caliber goalkeeper early in his high school career.
Final Evaluation – The Braves finished 7-13 last season and were a playoff team. Four losses were by 2 goals or less, which could have turned that record into an 11-9 mark. They even had the led in some of those losses. The Braves should be confident of another solid season. A lot depends on the continued progress of the offense. And the defense as well, whose 3.5 goals against average must improve for La Conner to take a step forward in the Northwest League.
Key Returners (Career Stats):
Erick Reinstra (Sr.) – 2 goals, 1 assist, 2 shutouts
Mitch Grant (Sr., D)
Cole Smith (Sr., D)
Preston Stewart – (Jr., MF) – 2 goals, 3 assists
Nolan Duckworth (Jr., F) – 2 goals, 2 assists
Matt Semrau (Jr., GK) – 1 goal
Riley Stewart (Jr., D) – 1 goal
Joey Roth (Jr., D)
Dain Sicklesteel (Jr., F)
Julian Borusinski (Jr., D)