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Wild soccer squad kicks off new season

Mount Baker Wild senior girls soccer coach Jimmy Robinson gets his team ready for practice on Tuesday afternoon. - Trevor Crawley photo
Mount Baker Wild senior girls soccer coach Jimmy Robinson gets his team ready for practice on Tuesday afternoon.
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The Mount Baker Wild girls soccer squad have dusted off the boots to begin a new season.

The team returned undefeated in four games from a tournament in Creston this past weekend—their third event of the season.

Going up against fellow high school teams in the region, the girls won twice on Friday at scores of 4-0 and 2-0. They kept the momentum rolling into Saturday's matches, winning at 6-0 and 4-0.

"It was a pretty good weekend," laughed Hope Blissett, a Grade 12 member of the team. "...I think our best game was on the Saturday morning, we had total control the whole time and won 6-0, and it was probably the best I've seen the team play this year."

The girls previously went to tournaments in Kelowna and on home soil, and are starting to click after getting a bunch of games under their belts.

"We're kind of getting in the groove with everybody, since it's our third tournament together," Blissett said. "It was a pretty new team at the beginning, because that's when we were in Kelowna but now, we're pretty solid as a team."

While there are a few Grade 12 players on the roster, it's mostly a youth movement this year.

"We have nine players from our last year's team and 10 newbies," added Blissett. "Most of them are Grade 10's actually, and what our starting lineup is, a lot of Grade 10's.

"It's just a different feel because the seniors are still up there, but it's more of the juniors coming up and helping out."

Wild head coach Jimmy Robinson notes that his team is also really close off the field.

"They're very talented, and they've bonded really easily," he said. "There's a core group of seven Grade 10's that have been playing together for a long time."

The team is headed to Nakusp this weekend for another tournament, and to the Couer d'Alene in Idaho later in May.

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