The Caribou Trail League girls soccer standings show only a glimpse of how teams measure up against each other within the league, but on-the-field play has revealed a whole other world to coaches and players.
Cashmere coach Dennis Tronson sees a field of well-matched teams.
“There were a lot of young teams last year,” Tronson said. “The experience we have playing for the state title last year can’t be overlooked. Most of our starters played in that game.”
He said it’s key for the Bulldogs to build off that experience in a league so evenly matched.
“There’s a steep learning curve at that level,” Tronson said.
Chelan was an exception to last year’s young teams. After a large turnover, Tronson said, the Goats might be in for a rebuilding year, but there are too many good players in the league for any team to be overlooked.
“We see Cascade as much improved,” he said. “Okanogan as a senior-heavy team, but we’re right there in the top three.”
With three playoff berths up for grabs, the top three is a coveted spot.
In the Bulldogs’ loss to Ephrata last week, Tronson said they learned a new level of intensity they need to bring to each game.
In the CTL, the team who controls the pace of play will control the scoring game. The next few weeks should be telling in who has picked up the learning curve.