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.
Also returning for another season are sophomores Devon Biernacki (midfielder) and Sean Rubesh (goalkeeper), and freshman Tommy Goodson (center forward).
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.