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Young and inexperienced? So what

By CASEY OLSON

Sports editor

Carrie Boers had the ultimate card in her proverbial deck when she took over as the head coach of the first-year Todd Beamer Titan girl’s soccer program.

“Nobody expects us to do anything,” is a hand Boers lays down all the time. And why wouldn’t she? It’s instant motivation and it seems to be working.

The Titans are surprising a lot of people in the South Puget Sound League South Division during the early part of the regular season. Beamer sits at 2-0-1 in league play, which includes a 1-1 tie last Friday against the mighty Thomas Jefferson Raiders, last year’s league champs. The Titans are 3-5-1 overall.

“They felt great about that one,” Boers said about the TJ win.

The Titans continued their winning ways with a 1-0 shutout of Emerald Ridge Tuesday. Kelli Calvin tallied the only goal of the game on an assist by Nikki Mills. Kaitlin Bennett had the shut out in the goal for the Titans.

Boers saw the Emerald Ridge win as another step in the development of the Beamer program.

“It was kind of hard at first,” Boers said. “They were kind of running around like a chicken with their heads cut off. We are basically freshmen and sophomores playing against juniors and seniors.”

The Titans’ age showed up early in the season. After a victory over Class 2A Port Townsend in the school’s opener, Beamer lost five-straight games against Class 4A opponents and also lost some of their best players to injuries. Courtney Wienman had knee surgery last week after an injury in the Titans’ second game. Weinman is still the leading scorer on the team’s roster with three goals — tallied in their first two games. Danielle Christenson also went out for the season with a broken wrist in Beamer’s loss to Auburn.

“There was a week in there where we had six starters on the bench with injuries,” Boers said. “But we are young and they really didn’t know the difference between being hurt and just being sore.”

Boers has leaned a lot on the leadership supplied by sophomores Amanda Claunch and Ashley LaRose, who played as freshman for Boers at Federal Way High School last season.

“They kind of went from the bottom to the top in one year,” Boers said. “But they are doing a lot of the little things and leading by example.”

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