Know Thy Enemy: North Sound SeaWolves

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By: Ryan Mcquillan, Highlanders Communications

May 22, 2013, Victoria, BC (ISN) – The North Sound SeaWolves hail from Washington State and are led by new Head Coach Ed Moore—a former Pacific Development League player himself.

The club was established in 2010 with the aim to provide local players the opportunity to play at a higher level. The club officially made their PDL debut in the 2011 season. They posted a 4-4-8 record in their first season, followed by a 4-0-12 record in 2012. The SeaWolves are looking to rebound this year and become a threat in the Northwest Division.

Goalkeeping: Ryan Herman stands big and tall in net for the Sea Wolves at 6’7″ and 200 pounds. He played in North Sound’s first game vs. the Portland Timbers U-23 squad allowing 2 goals in a loss and saving six shots in the process. He’s backed up by Keegan Rogers.

In high school, Herman was ranked as a top-5 recruit by ESPNU and has been in the U.S. National pool since he was 16.

Defense: Bryson Pavel, Taylor Peay, Graham Reid, Victor Vasquez and Andres Suazo Ramires.

Suazo Ramires currently has the team’s only goal. Defender/Midfielder Victor Vasquez has played for big-name organization Chivas USA’s reserve squad and took part in the U.S. U-18 National Team camp.

Midfield: Nick Hamer, Zach Hammond, Brad Jacobson, Brady Ballew, Surafel Wodajo and Garret Jones.

Brady Ballew returns to the SeaWolves after starting for the club in the previous two seasons. He spent the off-season playing for Seattle University under Head Coach Ed Moore where he scored three goals. Nick Hamer played for the Portland Timbers U-23 squad last season and was named All-Western Conference First Team. He’s a defensive midfielder who can win balls and creates a large presence.

Forwards: Renato Bandeira, David Durrant and Braxton Griffin.

The SeaWolves expect their offense to come from every position on the pitch, however, there remains a solid core up front. Griffin is the all-time leading scorer at Issaquah’s Skyline High School. Bandeira was on Seattle University’s squad with teammate, Brady Ballew, and coach Ed Moore.

The SeaWolves look to regroup after a tough season last year. With new faces in the front office and on the field joining some talented core players, they look to change their style of play and develop a winning tradition. They’ve lost their first game to the Portland Timbers, 2-1, and will be hungry and fired up against the Highlanders this Saturday at 7pm at Royal Athletic Park.

For more information please visit www.victoriahighlandersfc.com

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