Yelm Soccer Notches Several Losses, Gains Useful Experience

By Jacob Dimond / jake@yelmonline.com
Posted 4/5/22

The Yelm Tornados boys soccer team opened its 2022 season in early March following a Jamboree Competition.

This season, the boys are a senior heavy team, but relatively inexperienced with soccer …

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Yelm Soccer Notches Several Losses, Gains Useful Experience

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The Yelm Tornados boys soccer team opened its 2022 season in early March following a Jamboree Competition.

This season, the boys are a senior heavy team, but relatively inexperienced with soccer itself.

The Tornados varsity roster includes 10 seniors, with Israel Mendez, Jakob Huttmann, Jeffrey Myers, Mason Zimmerman, Logan Sullivan, Filepe Otero, Carlos Enriquez, Dana Jack, Thomas Smith and Hunter Cayford making up the group. Also on the roster are freshmen Jameson Patin, David Lara and Dylan Elisada, as well as juniors Hudson Nelson, Dallin Rosenberg, Aaron Blevins and Alex Hubbard.

Head coach Jay Dorhauer recognized team captains Mendez and Cayford, as well as Enriquez and Nelson for emerging as leaders in the early season.

“They’re the backbone of our team. Unfortunately, Carlos has been playing injured for most of the season. We hope to get him healthy,” said Dorhauer. “But these four help us get away with having a relatively inexperienced team. They’re doing a great job.”

Dorhauer said he loves the positivity the four leaders bring each day, as well as the leadership they provide to inexperienced players.

As spring break approached, the boys continued to improve in each outing.

“The first few games weren’t great and it’s been a steep learning curve for them. But they’re learning and figuring it out through practice and game experience,” said Dorhauer. “I’m really looking forward to the second half of the season to see how much we’ve improved. We’ll be getting several guys back from injuries and vacation, so that’ll be a good boost.”

For Yelm, they opened the season up on Monday, March 14 against Spanaway Lake, before immediately hosting Central Kitsap the following day. The games didn’t come easy for Yelm, as they were outscored 14-1 in the two contests.

Tough competition continued for Yelm as they traveled to Timberline on Thursday, March 17. Currently, the Blazers are sitting top two in the standings in the South Sound Conference.

During their outing with Timberline, the Tornados showed improvement from their first two games. After allowing a penalty kick in the first moments of the game, Yelm was able to hold their opponents to just one point.

But with a stagnant offense, Yelm lost to Timberline 1-0.



Yelm then played Capital on Tuesday, March 22 and showed their improvements. After a hard fought match, the game ended in a 1-1 tie.

The Tornados went on to face Peninsula and Central Kitsap, but the games became increasingly tough for Yelm as its boys suffered some injuries and had a limited bench to utilize.

“It was pretty ugly. Things were tough,” said Dorhauer. “We didn’t have any subs for the Central Kitsap game, and had lost another starter to injury. We finished the week without three to four of our players.”

Yelm dropped the games to Peninsula and Central Kitsap by scores of 8-0 and 9-0, respectively. Following the crushing defeats to South Sound Conference foes over the bridge, the Tornados traveled to South Sound Stadium in Lacey, as they faced off against River Ridge.

For the first time in the season, Yelm came away with a victory. The Tornados displayed stellar defense throughout the game and held off the River Ridge Hawks 1-0.

“The guys played really well and we went out of there with the victory,” Dorhauer said.

Following the game, the Tornados played North Thurston at home. While the Rams won 4-0, the score didn’t reflect how close the game was in actuality, said Dorhauer.

“I told my guys it was the closest 4-0 victory. We had several opportunities to score but just came up short,” said Dorhauer.

As Yelm High School headed into spring break, the Tornados boys soccer team had one more matchup. On Tuesday, April 5, the Tornados hosted the Gig Harbor Tides.

“We might have 12 to 13 guys at most for our game against Gig Harbor,” said Dorhauer. “Between kids injured or on spring break, our roster is kind of depleted right now.”

Looking ahead, the Tornados will return from spring break on Tuesday, April 12 to host the Timberline Blazers in a South Sound Conference matchup. Then, SSC play continues for the Tornados as they travel to Capital High School to take on the Cougars on Thursday, April 14.

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