The 2023 season came crashing down for Mountain Lion girls’ soccer at Brewster on Halloween in a 5-0 shutout loss to the Bears.
It was the fourth match for the leg-weary girls in a seven-day span that included Senior Night at home, the final regular season road game, a win at Pateros and then two straight district playoff losses at Tonasket before encountering Brewster.
“After this run of games, the girls are just really tired,” said coach Katie Overbeck as the final minutes ticked off the clock at Brewster. “I feel bad for them because they’ve played some really beautiful soccer this year and they just couldn’t find it today. They’ve improved so much this year and are so young, I can’t wait for fall practice to start up again.”
With the loss, the Mountain Lions say goodbye to only one senior, defender Gabby Studen, and welcome a solid crop of incoming freshmen, seasoned and ready after the first year of interscholastic competition at the middle school level.
Finding enough bodies to field a team would seem to be less of a challenge for 2024, as it was early this year.
“This year of experience will be really beneficial,” said the ever-optimistic Overbeck.