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Soccer coach Paul Beytebiere looks on during practice. - Eric Horsting/staff photo
Soccer coach Paul Beytebiere looks on during practice.
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More than 50 girls turn out for Pirate soccer teams “It was pretty good,” he said. “They (Vashon’s players) had their chances. A couple of the starters were out, and the goalie was out. “But it was really good for me,” he added, “for the team. It helped me out a ton. The game showed me the spots that need to be worked on.” Already, he noticed how Kiki Means and Teal Sigler worked well together, as did Cat Amick and Olivia Andrus. It’s a matter of playing combinations that can be successful; it’s a process of sorting out the positions, offensive and defensive, and who’s likely to do well in them. In fact, it was a crossing shot from Amick to Andrus who headed the ball into the goal for Vashon’s lone tally. Andrus’s header reminded Beytebiere of the first time he headed a soccer ball, in fifth-grade. It made him decide he never wanted to do it again. It’s not a natural move, and players need to learn how to make contact in the right way so that the fear doesn’t take over. Beytebiere was very pleased with the fact that 55 students have turned out for soccer. “It’s a huge number,” he said, and he indicated that the Vashon Island Soccer Club’s program, which begins as early as kindergarten, has been a great boon, training young people early and feeding them into the school’s system. The coach also said that there would be no students cut from the program. There will be three teams, and everyone will play as much as they can, he added. “Sports keeps them focused,” he said, “and they learn how to be student-athletes.” “I’m looking forward to it. I think it will be a good year,” Beytebiere concluded.

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