The Puyallup Vikings suffered a stunning 16-7 loss to the Curtis Vikings in the season opener last month.
Turns out, it was just what the doctor ordered. Puyallup (7-1-1 overall, 2-1 league) hasn’t lost since.
Vikings driver Lane Griffin, who played with an injured finger he suffered during a physical education class, scored six goals Wednesday night to lead Puyallup during a 14-7 win against the Lakes Lancers at Lakes High School in Lakewood.
“Losing to Curtis like that was an eye-opener,” Puyallup head coach Travis Braddock said. “The guys have been working hard to make sure we play better. They are a motivated group and are playing well right now. We have come back strong since then.”
Griffin wasn’t the only player Braddock was impressed with last week.
“Jake Hodges did a great job on defense, and our goalie, Ian Walsh, did an outstanding job,” Braddock said. “Ian is a great leader and is the limelight quite a bit as a goalie. He is excelling well under pressure.”
Prior to the win against Lakes, Puyallup went 5-0-1 during the annual non-league Auburn High School tournament on Sept. 22. The Vikings picked up victories against Gig Harbor, Auburn, Bellevue, Peninsula and Shorewood.
“That tournament gives us a lot of confidence,” Braddock said.
Puyallup locked up in a 4-4 tie with Shorewood on the first day, then beat them 19-6 in the championship game on the following day, Braddock said.
“We’re building every day and are working as hard as we can to continue to play at that level,” he said.