Yelm Girls Soccer Team Works to Turn Season Around

By Jacob Dimond / jake@yelmonline.com
Posted 9/27/22

After seven games in the early 2022 soccer season, the Yelm girls soccer program has gotten off to an “unlucky start” with a 2-5 record.

The girls have been able to hang around and …

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Yelm Girls Soccer Team Works to Turn Season Around

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After seven games in the early 2022 soccer season, the Yelm girls soccer program has gotten off to an “unlucky start” with a 2-5 record.

The girls have been able to hang around and compete in close games, but haven’t been able to close out the competitive games.

The ladies dropped their first matchup of the season to 4A Graham Kapowsin High School, 4-0, on Sept. 6. Coach Jay Dorhauer said the team didn’t play a great first half, but turned it around in the second half.

The Tornados next game was against the Gig Harbor Tides on Sept. 8, who Dorhauer called a traditionally strong program. He said the team fought hard and trailed just 1-0 in the final 20 minutes, but they couldn’t capitalize. The ladies gave up three goals in the final 20 minutes to drop a game to the Tides 4-0.

In their next game, the ladies were able to pick up a victory over 2A Eatonville High School on Sept. 12. They fired on all cylinders and ended the game with a score of 3-0.

The ladies then turned their focus back to South Sound Conference play and sought to defeat a familiar foe. They played the Timberline Blazers on Sept. 13 and dropped the contest 4-1. According to Dorhauer, the team gave up three goals.

“We definitely have a competitive team this year,” Dorhauer said. “I honestly think we had some bad luck. We went and played Timberline, and for a good portion of the game I thought we controlled the play.”

Following the loss to Timberline, the ladies aimed to regather for a matchup with Peninsula High School on Sept. 15. The teams were tied 2-2 late in the game, but Peninsula scored a goal to take the lead. Peninsula then added another goal, defeating Yelm 4-2.

Continuing in South Sound Conference play, the Tornados traveled to Capital High School on Thursday, Sept. 20 to take on the Cougars.

Going into the game, Yelm was without their top two goalies, which led senior Meridee Hill to fill the position.



“This was a game where I really felt we could come out on top,” Dorhauer said. “Both of our goalies were out that day, and we had to pull one of the best field players to put her in the goal. She filled in great, but we came up just short.”

The Tornados lost the match against Capital 1-0.

Yelm then returned home to host the North Thurston Rams. Dorhauer described the matchup as a physical contest. The Tornados collected the victory, 2-0.

“I think we have to start creating our own luck. It’s hard to learn how to win, but you’ve got to get over that hump and hopefully the victory on Thursday helped,” Dorhauer said. “It takes a lot of different things. You’ve gotta be smart, you gotta take chances and you have to be confident. I believe the girls can turn this bad luck around.”

Dorhauer gave props to several players who have stood out in the early season. He credited senior defender Trinity Levine for her solid defense. Dorhauer said that Levine and senior defender Brooke Whited have formed a formidable defensive duo playing alongside each other. He hopes to see their efforts continue.

He also credited Hill for always staying consistent.

Sophomore Holly Dorhauer has brought physicality to the table this season. According to Dorhauer, she puts the ball in the right spot and sets her teammates up nicely. He also credited senior Alysah Forde-Nihipali for playing well after returning from an injury.

“The thing that stands out to me the most is we have to get better technically. We’re struggled a bit and we haven’t been very good at passing the ball,” Dorhauer said. “Tactically, we’re OK, but our technical skills need to improve.”

On the season, Hill has three goals, while Levine, Dorhauer and Mariah Arnestad each have one.

The ladies hosted Central Kitsap on Tuesday, Sept. 27. They are then set to travel to the South Sound Stadium on Thursday, Sept. 29 to take on the River Ridge Hawks.

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