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Soccer: Sophomores power South Kitsap past Gig Harbor
Senior Night traditionally is the last home game of the year.
But even without official designation, Tuesday was all about the sophomore class.
Behind three goals from its 10th graders, South Kitsap won for the fifth consecutive time, 3-1, against Gig Harbor in Class 4A Narrows League play.
“They’ve got to be one of the most talented around,” South coach Julie Cain said of her nine sophomores. “It’s going to be a fun three-year run.”
It started with Becca Schoales, who scored goals in the 46th and 53rd minutes to help the Wolves (7-0-2 overall, 5-0-2 league) remain in first place. She now has 13 goals this year.
“Becca Schoales put us on our shoulders,” Cain said. “I thought she inspired us with our work rate and her communication.”
Schoales, who is on the U.S. U15 National Team and already is scheduled to play in the 2012 Fifa U17 Women’s World Cup, consistently used her speed to put pressure on the Tides’ defense.
“I don’t think there’s anyone who can stay with her,” Cain said. “She’s really fast.”
Gig Harbor (4-4-1, 2-4-1) scored its lone goal in the 68th on a shot from Mishayla Bertelsen. Cain said that stemmed from a breakdown in the midfield shortly after she substituted three players with a 3-0 lead.
With the exception of that, Cain thought the defense — notably sophomore Delaney Digiovanni — played well. Digiovanni was among the 17 players who competed against the Tides.
“I though Delaney had a tremendous game,” Cain said. “She doesn’t have a lot of height, but she won a ton of balls in the air.”
Offensively, Brita Oleson also scored for the Wolves in the 20th.
“Her game really has matured into a possession game as well,” Cain said. “She’s a fast striker and a good possession player as well.”
That maturity allowed Cain to move Oleson to midfield at halftime, where she replaced senior Riley Dopps, who did not play because of an illness. Cain expected Dopps to return for Thursday’s game against Stadium for sole possession of first place in the Narrows.
“I told the girls that each of these games could be the league championship,” Cain said.
It likely will not get much easier next week. The Wolves host Central Kitsap, with whom they tied earlier this season, on Tuesday and then play Thursday at Olympia.
“This league is a lot tougher than last year,” Cain said. “It’s better preparation for state, though.”
At South Kitsap 3, Gig Harbor 1
First half: 1, South Kitsap, Brita Oleson (Becca Schoales), 20th minute.
Second half: 2, South Kitsap, Schoales (Kailey Lyman), 46th; 3, South Kitsap, Schoales (Christa Lane), 53rd; 4, Gig Harbor, Mishayla Bertelsen, 68th.
South Kitsap 5, at Shelton 0
First half: 1, South Kitsap, Claire Posadas (Kelsey Callaghan), 24th minute; 2, South Kitsap, Callaghan, 30th.
Second half: 3, South Kitsap, Becca Schoales (Brita Oleson), 47th; 4, South Kitsap, Schoales (Christa Lane), 64th; 5, South Kitsap, Lane (Posadas), 69th.