The Stanwood girls soccer team is enjoying another fine season. The Spartans are battling for a Wesco 3A title (they’re in second place with a 6-1-2 record) and a third straight trip to the 3A state tournament.
“This senior group knows what it takes to win games,” Stanwood coach Lori Stunz said. “We’ve created a culture of winning. The girls expect to win. They’re used to going into the postseason and being successful. And we’re deeper than we have been. We have more contributors this year, including some freshmen.”
Stanwood leads Wesco 3A in goals with 25, and part of the reason for that may be the Spartans’ aggressive defense.
“We want everyone to play behind the ball and everyone to play defense,” Stunz said. “We say to the forwards that they’re our first line of defense. They’re pressing high and everyone else presses with them. Sometimes we might not be able to get back in transition and get exploited a bit, but it hasn’t happened often. It’s benefited us because we’ve found the back of the net more than our opponents.”