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Last-second goal has Wolves thinking state
A pair of loser-out matches in the Narrows League tournament might have been stressful for the South Kitsap girls soccer team.
But the challenge only is going to become more difficult.
After their 2-1 win Monday night against Central Kitsap, the Wolves face Kentwood at 3 p.m. today at Art Crate Field in Spanaway. South is the Narrows Leagues No. 5 seed, while the Conquerors are the top seed out of the SPSL.
It might not have been possible if senior forward/midfielder Katie Anderson hadnt kicked the game-winning goal with two seconds left in the second overtime Monday against CK.
I think everyone was behind that shot, Anderson said. We all wanted to win so bad so we didnt end our season. We didnt want it to come down to penalty kicks, so we all were just fighting hard to get the ball up there.
That hasnt always been easy for the Wolves, whove scored more than three goals in a match only twice this season. It likely wont be any easier against Kentwood (12-1-3), which defeated previously undefeated Todd Beamer, 2-1, on Wednesday.
We just need to be intense and take tons of shots on the keeper to test her right away, Anderson said. (We need) to get some goals in the first couple of minutes so we can set the tone for the rest of the game.
After a 3-1 loss on Oct. 24 against Olympia, South (11-4-1) had to win a pair of loser-out matches just to advance to districts. Now, the Wolves face a team that allowed seven goals in 15 league matches and has advanced to state the past two years.
Thats a tough road, but Im happy about that, South coach Scott Sodorff said. Lets bring on the bats. We want to face them and get them out of the way so we can move on to state.
Souths defense, which allowed eight goals in 10 league matches, also features goalkeeper Monique Morey, who has started the last three matches after missing a couple of weeks because of a concussion she suffered on Oct. 9 against Lincoln.
It was hard because I had to earn everything back and start from scratch, Morey said. I came back just wanting to win ... not wanting anything to go into my goal.
Morey said theres a simple equation for success when it comes to the Wolves.
We just need to shoot, she said. Our defense is great.