Cougars look to senior leaders for big season

Cascade Christian off to 3-1 start and aiming to return to Class 1A state tournament in May

of the HeraldApril 9, 2014 

The Cascade Christian boys soccer team hasn’t forgotten about last year’s 1-0 loss to Seattle Christian in the first round of the Class 1A state playoffs.

The Cougars watched Seattle Christian eventually place second.

This season is all about redemption.

Cougars head coach Keith Patefield is confident in his team’s ability to be dominant as the season progresses.

“We’re a very senior-oriented team,” Patefield said. “We have 11 seniors, which is huge for us.”

The Cougars have won three of their first four games to start the season. Their only loss came against undefeated Bellevue Christian.

Patefield will look to defender Garrett Tapia, forwards Andrei Dyson and Garodd Stimets, and midfielder Anthony Dahlquist to lead his team.

“We have talked about our goals this season, and one of the biggest ones is for our entire team to improve each week,” Patefield said. “We want to have no regrets and play every single game, all 80 minutes of it, as hard as we can. If we do that, everything else will fall into place.

“We are hoping to be able to return to the state tournament and move further than we did last season,” Patefield said. “We’re focusing on our God-given abilities, too, and are hoping to continue to progress as the season goes on.”

Shaun Scott: 253-552-7002 shaun.scott@puyallupherald.com Twitter: @herald_shaun

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