2018-2019 was a mixed bag of a season for the the Snohomish Skyhawks, who finished 3-5-2, good enough for fourth place and a playoff spot. Their big forward Devin Shull took a big step forward scoring 14 goals and they got solid, consistent goalkeeping out of Trevor Davoren in his first year as a starter. Now the question will be, can they take their core group, add some new faces to the mix, and finally get over the hump and challenge for a top spot?
The core group of returning players is strong and includes their top six scorers from last season. Shull (14 goals), John Troka (7), Tye Hastings (7), Kyle Aure (5), Devin Mendiola (4) and Tony Clarke (4) accounted for 41 of their 48 goals.
Last season, the Skyhawks took care of business with two wins against Tacoma Narrows and predictably fell to Bellingham and the Stars Reserves twice each. So it was the 1-1-2 record against the Oly-Pen Force and Oly Town Artesians that cost them in the long run. Their 4-4 home draw against the Artesians was especially frustrating since it gave Oly Town their lone point of the season.
Skyhawks General Manager Wade Hoskins said that the mix of returning players to newcomers is about 50/50, so the key to improvement will be how the two groups meld together.
Their newcomers include a handful of Snohomish FC players, notably Blake Camilleri, Rio Alcorta and goalkeeper Dorian Lair. They have also added a pair of WISL veterans that come over from Oly-Pen, Kevin Flavin and Greg Wolfe.
In their four seasons in the WISL, the Skyhawks have finished 4-6-0 (2015-2016), 3-4-3 (2016-2017), 2-6-0 (2017-2018) and 3-5-2 (2018-2019). Despite the losing records, they have only missed the playoffs once, finishing fourth three straight times.
Will this be the season that they break the string and take a step forward? They start the season off with a bang with a visit to the Tacoma Soccer Center to face the Stars Reserves and will open their home slate on November 23rd at the Snohomish Soccer Dome against the Artesians. First kick is set for 7:00 PM.