Last season, the Granite Falls boys soccer team posted five wins, equalling its total from the previous three seasons combined. More improvement could be in store this spring for the Tigers (2-4 overall, 1-2 Cascade Conference), who have 12 goals in their six games. Granite Falls scored just 17 goals last season.
“We’d like to get up to seven or eight wins this season,” second-year Tigers coach Lowell Zenk said. “We’re headed in the right direction. All I’ve done is give the players a positive attitude. They believe in each other and they believe in themselves. Once they know somebody believes in them, they’re motivated to work harder. They’re starting to accept they can be good if they put in the effort.”
With the exception of sophomore Wyatt Long, Granite Falls doesn’t have a player with premier-level experience, so Zenk focuses on fundamentals and role responsibility. He praised returning All-Cascade Conference midfielder Logan Scheffler for his versatility.
“(Logan) understands the responsibilities of each position. That’s why he’s a valuable player,” Zenk said. “(Wyatt) is a solid midfielder. He’s skilled, and puts in a lot of time on his own. Our offense and midfield is the bright spot of our team right now. The guys are learning how to attack as a team.”