This is the first in a series of articles previewing this fall’s Mountlake Terrace High School sports teams.
Fans heading to matches of the Mountlake Terrace High School girls soccer team this season might be wise to pick up a program as the squad will have a number of new faces, starting at the top with new head coach Evan Hatch.
The former coach at Cedarcrest High School in Duvall takes over after the departure of long-time Terrace coach Jerry Myer. “The previous coaching staff was in place for 20-plus years, so this is a big change in the program,” Hatch admitted.
At this point of his career, Hatch certainly doesn’t have the level of experience that the school’s previous girls soccer coach had, but he does bring an impressive resume. In his last coaching assignment, Hatch led the Cedarcrest Red Wolves to the 2A state championship game in 2011, losing in the finals 1-0 to Interlake. Hatch was also named the 2A Coach of the Year that season by the Washington State Soccer Coaches’ Association.
Hatch, who will be entering his fifth year of coaching this season, played one year of college soccer at the University of Denver after his years of club soccer with the Northwest Nationals and high school soccer at Shorecrest.
While not coming to MTHS specifically for the soccer program – Hatch is beginning his second year as a school counselor – he is pleased to be given the chance to coach this season. “When I saw that the girls soccer position was open this year, I was excited about the potential opportunity to work with student-athletes both in the counselor center and on the soccer field,” he said.
Hatch assumes the reins of a team that will have little appearance to last year’s squad that went 4-11-1 as the team graduated 10 seniors last June. This year’s squad, though young and inexperienced, could be solid on defense, as goalkeeper Amanda Aversano is one of a handful of returners for the Hawks.
A strong start to the season will be key for a team with so many changes. Five of the six first games for Terrace will be at home, including the opener against Stanwood on Sept. 12 at Lynnwood High School.
The Meadowdale Mavericks are expected to be the class of the 3A South Conference after going 20-1 last year; the Mavericks were ranked first in the Seattle Times girls soccer state rankings until they lost in quarterfinal play of the 2012 WIAA state playoffs. Terrace is scheduled to take on Meadowdale twice this season, a Sept. 17 match-up at Edmonds Stadium and again on Oct. 17 at Lynnwood High School.
You can see the complete 2013 MTHS girls soccer schedule here.
— By Doug Petrowski