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Demons riding resurgence

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Washington goal keeper Olivia Pacha goes airborne in an attempt to stop a goal.
Union photo Washington goal keeper Olivia Pacha goes airborne in an attempt to stop a goal.

WASHINGTON — The Washington girls soccer program turned a corner last season, finishing with an 8-9 overall record and going 4-4 in the Southeast Conference.

Those were incredible marks for a team that hadn’t won a game for three years, breaking that skid at the end of 2018.

The Demon boys were 3-12 overall and 2-6 in the SEC.

“We have a strong group of seniors and juniors returning who have been putting in hard work during the offseason,” WHS boys coach Sally Hart said. “That includes Pascual Mendoza who we look to see more from and Zac Stout returning, who creates a lot of offensive looks for us. And Levi Rohr and Noah Suchan, who are strong defensively.”

The Demons lose All-Conference keeper Ben Baughman and goal scorer Caleb Suchan.

Things will be different with Burlington in the mix for the first time.

“I think it’s really anybody’s conference championship this year,” Hart said. “I can tell you that I am excited for this season, I think this team has the potential to do great things.”

While the girls excelled under a first-year coach last year, that will be the hope again this season as Steven Caulk replaces Protacio Marcelino.

The girls had a 5-1 start last season scoring 27 goals after just 15 the previous season and 10 of those were in the match that broke a three-year losing streak. They finished the season with 44 goals, 19 by Trina Griffin and 13 from Greta Roth with five by Halle Leyden. Griffin will be a junior this year, Roth a sophomore and Leyden a senior. There were no seniors on the team last season.

Olivia Pacha, a senior this year, ruled the net last season and was recognized by the Des Moines Register for her abilities in goal.