The Northwest Premier League (NWPL) preview of clubs continues today with a look at Bremerton’s Olympic Force.
The Olympic Force displayed a great team defense in 2017. It kept the club in most matches and in the playoff race until the very last match of the season. This year the Bremerton-based side is hopeful of keeping that in place while also adding goals to the equation. So far, so good: Olympic earned a 1-1 away point on May 5 at Washington Premier FC.
Local Talent & Early Training
“The Force Women are a rejuvenated bunch,” says GM Micah McMonagle. “We have a nice main core of 8-9 players that are around all year and live and play together locally. The big change for the women is the next group of players. We have a lot more young players this season. We still have a few that are coming back from college and will be playing starting in May, but we have a nice solid group with a good mix of talent and experience already here that have been training for almost 3 months together.”
Force Players: Hunt, Couder, Chaffee, Fry
About that defense – McMonagle says Force supporters need not worry – it’s back. “For the fans, I think the biggest thing that they can look forward to is continued strength on defense and there is now some extra attacking help. Instead of Beisley being on an island at the top by herself, we have a little better speed and talent to be able to help push the attack this season. Hopefully, this will result in a positive goal differential, which the women have never had before.”
An offseason indoor match between “Red” and “Blue” was just one part of keeping the Force together and training for 2018.
The Northwest Premier League has adopted the slogan and hashtag #OurTime for the 2018 season. What does that mean for Olympic? “For the Force Women #OurTime is trying to change the outcomes of the games and the history for the women’s team. There has been a lot of hard work over the past couple years and while things have consistently improved, the team as a whole really wants to push to be a winning side and make the playoffs this year.”
Force Players: Sanchez, (Asst. Coach Kruk), Stewart, Nordquist
Head Coach – Jason Jarrett, 3rd year
Club Assistant – Brandon Kluk, 1st year
GK/Club Assistant/GM – Micah McMonagle, 4th year
Home Venue: Gordon Field for all but July 1st. Roy Anderson/Peninsula HS for July 1st special event with Go 4 Goal to raise money for children’s cancer. More details coming during the Memorial Break.
Tickets: $7 adult, $3 13-17, Free for 12 and under, $5 for military and senior.