“It gets easier the second year.”
Seaside girls soccer coach Josh Garhofer has probably heard that a few times, as the 26-year-old Seaside High graduate enters his second season as head coach.
Garhofer and the Gulls had mixed results in 2016, as a 3-6-1 league record included a close, 2-0 loss to Valley Catholic, which advanced to the state championship game last season, losing 2-1 to North Valley.
“It’s going to be just as tough as it was last year,” Garhofer said of the league, “with Banks, Valley Catholic and Scappoose. Every team is beatable, but those three especially, having that close Portland club connection. Losing to Valley Catholic 2-0 last year was amazing,” especially considering that the Gulls had been outscored 33-1 in five previous games against the Valiants.
The Lady Gulls
Seaside lost seven seniors to graduation last year, including all-leaguers Lizzy Barnes and Morgan Brown, along with goalkeeper Kirstin Lent and defender Sydney Villegas. Senior GeriAnne Klaffke has moved to the Philippines.
On the plus side, the Gulls have a load of varsity-experienced players returning, with a couple solid candidates at keeper.
“Sydney Owsley (So.) was the JV keeper last year and is looking good,” Garhofer said. “And we also picked up Anesha Smart (Sr.), who could be molded into a keeper, because she’s tall, athletic and strong.”
Elsewhere, “We’re looking good,” he said. “We have (seniors) Bryre Babbitt and Corrie Falleur back. They were mainstays on the defense last year. They’re a year older, and being seniors makes a big difference in their outlook. It’s their team.”
Additional returners include juniors Jessica Angulo-Joli, Chloe Bartel, Maddie Brown, Audrey Kunde and Katie Zagata. Bartel, Brown and Kunde are entering their third year with the varsity.
Senior Sonoma Moon makes the step up from JV, while the Gulls have added juniors Taylor Carson, Annaka Garhofer and Trinity Turner to the varsity mix.
“(Annaka Garhofer) is my youngest sister,” Josh said. “And she’s been on a hiatus from soccer since middle school. She has a pretty strong leg.”
Sophomores Adamari Anguiano and Angela Flores-Reyes round out the roster.
“We have some spots to fill on defense, and maybe in the forward area,” coach Garhofer said, “but everybody seems to be catching on quick.”
SEASIDE GIRLS SOCCER
Coach: Josh Garhofer, 2nd year
2016: 3-9-2 (3-6-1 Cowapa)
All-League losses: Elizabeth Barnes; Morgan Brown
All-League returners: None