Prep soccer: Royals still a work-in-progress under new head coach

Lynnwood goalkeeper Gerry Reyes runs to the ball during a preseason game against Mountlake Terrace Friday at Lynnwood High School. (Photos by David Pan)
Lynnwood goalkeeper Gerry Reyes runs to the ball during a preseason game against Mountlake Terrace Friday at Lynnwood High School. (Photos by David Pan)

With a roster that has only three seniors, it’s probably accurate to describe the Lynnwood boys soccer team as a work-in-progress, especially since the Royals also have a new head coach.

But what coach Pablo Mummey has seen so far is pretty encouraging. Lynnwood has played two teams to ties (Newport 2-2 and Mountlake Terrace 0-0) and lost to Squalicum 3-0.

Even in the loss, Mummey saw some good play from his young team.

“They (Bellingham) are a state contender. We played a good team,” he said. “I just didn’t feel the score reflected the way we played. I thought we played OK. We couldn’t finish.”

The Royals not only are getting used to a new coach but are trying to become more comfortable with one another on the field.

Lynnwood's Emilio Sanchez eyes the ball.
Lynnwood’s Emilio Sanchez eyes the ball.

“It’s obvious we’ve got a lot of work,” said Mummey, who was an assistant coach last season. “This team shows a lot of character. The thing I like about them is that they don’t give up. They work hard. They have a good work ethic.”

Mummey chose as captains junior forward Dane Evanger and sophomore midfield Ryley Johnson.

“I see good quality leadership out of both of them and they’re good with their peers and their teammates,” Mummey said. “They’re definitely a couple of the top players.”

Evanger will be play up front, while Johnson is in the midfield, for now. That could change as Mummey is open to the possibility of moving players around.

Senior Gerry Reyes slides into the starting goalkeeper role and he’s already proven himself.

“He’s made some incredible saves,” Mummey said. “I’m really happy to have him in goal.”

Other standouts so far include junior forward Soroush Nasipour and junior defender Cole Hinkel.

The players have very good technical skills, Mummey said. The challenge is turning those technical skills into a cohesive unit.

“As a team to be successful, they’re going to have to play more together, play off of each other,” Mummey said. “They still don’t know each other and how the system works.”

The preseason is going to be especially important for the Royals. “It’s going to take the experience being on the field with each other. Playing time is going to be important.”

– By David Pan

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