Snohomish’s Jenna Schuler (left) battles Shorecrest’s Jacy Elizondo for possession during a Wesco 3A match Thursday night at Shoreline Stadium. Schuler and the Panthers beat Elizondo’s Scots 1-0. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Snohomish’s Jenna Schuler (left) battles Shorecrest’s Jacy Elizondo for possession during a Wesco 3A match Thursday night at Shoreline Stadium. Schuler and the Panthers beat Elizondo’s Scots 1-0. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Khorrami lifts Snohomish soccer to 1-0 win over Shorecrest

The junior forward scored the match’s only goal late in the first half to give the Panthers the win.

SHORELINE — The Snohomish and Shorecrest girls soccer teams will try to return to the 3A state tournament with young teams this fall.

The Panthers have rebounded after a season-opening loss to Glacier Peak, posting a 3-0-1 record in their next three contests.

The Scots, meanwhile, are going through an adjustment period after losing their best player from a year ago.

But both teams’ coaches have seen marked improvement from their squads in the season’s first few weeks.

“Each game we’re getting stronger,” Snohomish coach April VanAssche said after her team’s 1-0 win over Shorecrest on Thursday at Shoreline Stadium. “Every time out we’re learning different lessons as individuals, and that will help bring the team together. Our goal is to get back to state, but we’re taking it one day at a time (because) our biggest competition is ourselves. We want to try to beat what we did the day before.”

Snohomish (3-1-1) has featured a balanced offensive attack, with eight different players tallying at least one goal or one assist entering Thursday’s contest.

Taylor Khorrami recorded her second goal of the season in the waning seconds of the first half for the game’s only score.

The fate of Snohomish’s season might ultimately rest on the development of its talented sophomore class, which includes goalkeeper Grace Wales, forward Gracie VanAssche, defenders Gracie Winders, Celia Forster and Jenna Schuler, and midfielder Ravyn Mummey.

“We’re lucky because the sophomores have played together at a high level, so they’re used to that experience,” VanAssche said. “But the high school game is different. We’re working on pulling the emotions out of them and getting them to believe in what they are (capable of) doing.”

Shorecrest (0-2-1) is learning how to play without forward Lauren Brown, who scored 26 goals last season.

Brown, an all-state pick in 2016 as a junior and Seattle University commit, left the Scots for Seattle’s Crossfire academy program.

“Whether it’s losing players to academies or graduation or injuries, I’ve got a brand new team this year,” Shorecrest coach Mindy Dalziel said. “I’ve got starters who hadn’t played any varsity minutes. But I like it. It’s such a different feeling. I get to really coach them and build them up. It’s fun for me.”

The Scots have scored just one goal in three games, but Dalziel said she believes her team’s offensive execution is mostly sound, and that goals will start to come.

“We’re still trying to get into our groove,” she said.

“We won’t rely on just one player for offense. In these three games, we’ve improved drastically. The new players are playing with confidence. The girls are buying in to what we’re doing and working for each other.”

Talk to us

More in Sports

Arlington junior quarterback Leyton Martin throws a short pass during the second quarter of the season opener against Kamiak on Friday, Sep. 1, 2023, at Arlington High School in Arlington, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
3 games to watch in Week 4 of the prep football season

An in-depth look at the best games the area has to offer, plus a full schedule of the local action in Week 4.

Lakewood High School.
Lakewood contests Week 3 game against B-E, wins WIAA appeal

The Cougars dispute an incorrectly spotted ball by officials on a penalty-riddled play in the 3rd quarter. The game will resume from that point in Week 10.

Monroe junior quarterback Blake Springer looks for an open receiver on Friday, Nov. 4, 2022 in Monroe, Washington. (Katie Webber / The Herald)
Week 4 prep football leaderboard

A look at the area’s top passers, rushers and receivers through three weeks of the season.

Prep roundup for Wednesday, Sept. 20

Prep roundup for Wednesday, Sept. 20: (Note for coaches/scorekeepers: To report results… Continue reading

Vote for The Herald’s Prep Athlete of the Week for Sept. 11-17

The Athlete of the Week nominees for Sept. 11-17. Voting closes at… Continue reading

Stanwood's Michael Mascotti relays the next play to his teammates during football practice on Monday, Aug. 29, 2022 in Stanwood, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Game picks for Week 3 of the prep football season

Find out which teams the experts and readers pick to win in Week 4.

Marysville Pilchuck’s Kenai Sinaphet bruises the defense on a run against Marysville Getchell during the Berry Bowl on Friday, Sept. 15, 2023, at Quil Ceda Stadium in Marysville, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Associated Press high school football poll for Week 4

Marysville Pilcuck joins the top 10 in Class 3A; Lake Stevens remains No. 1 in 4A.

AquaSox pitcher Reid VanScoter delivers a pitch during a game against the Vancouver Canadians on Thursday, June 8, 2023, at Funko Field in Everett, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Community roundup: AquaSox’s VanScoter, Scott honored by NWL

Plus, GP grad Matt King is named to USA Swimming’s national team, Daniel Arias is waived by the Cardinals and more.

Minnesota Twins pitching coach Rick Anderson is shown during batting practice before a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox, Saturday, May 18, 2013, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)
County Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2023 bio: Rick Anderson

The 1975 Mariner graduate spent 16 seasons as an MLB pitching coach with the Minnesota Twins and Detroit Tigers.

Most Read