By Cali Bagby
If other teams plan on scoring points against the Lopez Island soccer team, they may be surprised. That is according to soccer coach Melanie Weber, who has a secret weapon, Senior Goal Keeper Arlen Coiley.
Coiley has played all of his four years at Lopez High School.
“He’s a dedicated team leader,” said Weber. “And he takes the sport seriously.”
Senior Nate Drahn, a center-mid fielder, also has his hands full this year not only covering the field, but also acting as a mentor to younger players.
Then there is senior Jamie Cummings, who plays midfield.
“She has phenomenal speed,” said Weber. “She has a lot of experience and as a senior girl on the team, the younger girls have someone to look up to.”
The fourth senior is Robbie Christie, who is new to the team.
“He’s a passionate player,” said Weber.
Like many of the teams this year, the soccer team has strong senior leadership, but the majority of the team is younger.
This is Weber’s third year as a coach, so she’s watched the seniors grow into their positions.
“It’s addicting knowing their personalities,” said Weber about why she keeps coaching. “I have four seniors this year and I look to them for leadership on and off the field.”
The rest of the team includes juniors Nia Bartolucci, Michael Reeve, Josef Blanc-Ridings, Jaice Poole, sophmores Fletcher Moore, Derek Cram, Mya Haber, Jonas Sehmsdorf, freshmen Cosmos Cordova, Sarah Reeve, Emebet Bill, Willow Fields, Tommy Hedley, Seaton Newman, and Axel Rendon.