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Despite graduating 4A Player of the Year, North Marion still plans on being the team to beat

The North Marion girls soccer team graduated some serious firepower last year. With last year's 4A Player of the Year Mya Hammack now plying competing for the New Mexico State women's soccer team, the Huskies will need players to step up and take the reins in a very competitive Tri-Valley Conference (TVC).

PMG FILE PHOTO: JIM BESEDA - North Marion's Dominique Huapeo, now a senior, will look to lead the Huskies back to league gold.

That's already happening, according to North Marion girls soccer coach Benjamin Bonser.

Girls at all positions are becoming vocal leaders on the pitch, from senior goalkeeper Mallory Patzer in the back, to senior center midfielder Teagan Welch in the middle, to senior striker Dominique Huapeo at the front, all three have taken on "positive vocal roles." Huapeo figures to have a breakout scoring year as well, according to Bonser.

The Huskies will need that breakout performance as they look to compete for a league title in a crowded Tri-Valley Conference. Bonser has his eye on one team in particular.

"Our biggest competition will most likely be Gladstone," Bonser said. The Gladiators finished last season with an 8-1 TVC record, splitting a pair of contests with North Marion during that run. "We both lost our best scorers last year, so it will be interesting to see how we match up this year."

North Marion's first league game will be on Tuesday, Sept. 21 at home against Corbett.

North Marion starts its regular season out with a pair of non-league games. First, they will compete against Philomath, who last year went on a 9-1 run before falling to falling to the Huskies in penalty kicks in the 4A Elite 8 Showcase. Then they meet a Valley Catholic squad that put together a 9-0 record to finish the season undefeated. That first game against Philomath will be on Tuesday, August 31 on the road.


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