Trout Lake boy's soccer

Trout Lake defenders Josh Keller (no. 14) and Devon Biernacki (no. 2) vie with a Riverside Christian player for a ball in front of the Trout Lake goal during last Thursday’s Eastern Washington Conference match in Trout Lake. The visiting Crusaders won, 5-1. Rain Nor-man scored the Mustangs’ goal.

Trout Lake boys soccer is in for a bumpy ride during the 2019 season after losing nine starters from the 2018 team that went 10-3-1.
The Mustangs graduated seven players and two others who would have starters again left the school district before the start of the 2019-20 school year.
 
On the plus side, Mustangs Coach Timmy Waller welcomed back returning starters Rain Norman (jr., defensive midfielder), Josh Keller (soph., sweeper), and Tyler Collins (jr., attacking midfielder/center forward).
 
Norman is in his fourth season of varsity soccer. Keller and Collins are both in their third season.

Also returning for another season are sophomores Devon Biernacki (midfielder) and Sean Rubesh (goalkeeper), and freshman Tommy Goodson (center forward).
 
“Unfortunately, we graduated all of our leading scorers from last year,” Waller said. “But we expect Tyler Collins and Rain Nor-man to step up and fill the holes.”

Waller expects Norman, Collins, Keller, and exchange student David Garcia to be the Mustangs’ impact players.

Trout Lake is playing in the Eastern Washington Conference, which includes Riverside Christian (Yakima), Prescott, and Walla Walla Valley Academy.

“The Eastern Washington Conference that we are part of has very few teams so to get to state we only have to play for the district final or semifinal, depending on our record,” Waller noted.

Trout Lake is seeking to return to the state 2B-1B playoffs after failing to qualify last year.

“Our expectation for every year is to qualify for the state competition and compete for the title,” Waller said. “This year it will be more challenging because we lost so many talented players, but it is still our goal to qualify for and compete at state.”

To date, the Mustangs are 0-3. They lost their season opener on Sept. 11 at Columbia Adventist by the score of 1-0. Rubesh made 13 saves in the match.
The Mustangs dropped a conference contest at home on Sept. 12 to Riverside Chris-tian, 5-1. Last Saturday they lost a non-conference match to Horizon Christian, 3-1, in Hood River.
 
Coming up: The Mustangs host the Prescott Tigers on Sept. 21 at 1 p.m. and the Columbia Adventist Kodiaks on Sept. 24 at 4 p.m.

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