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Girls soccer: Schoales' goal helps Wolves to draw at Olympia
OLYMPIA — Officiating.
Both Olympia and South Kitsap were mutually dissatisfied with the crew that worked Tuesday night’s 1-1 tie in Class 4A Narrows League play at Ingersoll Stadium.
The reaction from the Bears’ sideline was audible — coach Tessa Effland drew a yellow card — when junior Becca Schoales was awarded a penalty kick. Schoales converted the shot in the 63rd minute.
But Wolves coach Julie Cain, who noted that 14 penalties were called against her team compared with eight for Olympia, said the officiating favored the Bears.
“It’s pretty lopsided reffing against the most aggressive team in our league,” she said, adding that eight of those penalties were called within 30 yards of South’s goal. “It’s hometown down here.”
Cain cited another play where Schoales was knocked to the ground before the penalty kick.
“Becca goes for a ball in the middle of the field — she has two people just clean her — she wrenches her back and no call,” she said. “It happened again and again. It’s the way it is down here.”
Despite that, Cain called it “a 50-50” game. The Bears (2-1-2 overall, 1-0-2 league) took advantage of that first as senior captain Lexi Fesenbek took a feed from classmate Javone McClelland and maneuvered past goalkeeper Brianna Smallige for the game’s first goal.
“They have some pace up top and that got us once in the first half,” Cain said. “But I thought we possessed it well in this game.”
Olympia nearly had more, particularly in the second half when Rachel Fleener’s shot hit the right post in the 52nd and Annie Armstrong’s attempt bounced off the left bar in the 70th.
“This is the best we’ve seen them,” Cain said. “I think they’ll surprise some teams.”
She said she knew Schoales shot would be critical for the Wolves (3-0-1, 2-0-1) to avoid the loss.
“Becca’s great under pressure,” Cain said. “She’s composed. I didn’t even yell who to take it. I just wanted to see who stepped up, and Becca did.”
South nearly pulled it the win in the final minute on a Schoales shot that went inches high of the crossbar. Freshman midfielder Hailey Parker also had a shot saved by Olivia Brock.
“Hailey Parker really controlled the pace of the game,” Cain said. “I thought she had a tremendous game.”
She also praised senior defender Jessica Johnson, who played for the first time this year after returning from an undisclosed injury.
“I thought the game changed when she went in,” Cain said. “I thought she really possessed the ball where we attacked out of the left side.”
The Wolves’ next challenge comes Tuesday at first-place Bellarmine Prep. South split the two-game season series against the Lions last year with both teams winning on their home fields.
At Olympia 1, South Kitsap 1
First half-1, Olympia, Lexi Fesenbek (Javone McClelland), 18th minute.
Second half-2, South Kitsap, Becca Schoales (penalty kick), 63rd.