Wolves come roaring back from spring break

It’s amazing what a little time off will do.

Fresh off an extended spring break that didn’t begin the way anyone would have liked, the South Kitsap boy’s soccer team returned from its break to win two games last week by a combined score of 11-3 and stay in position to claim the Narrows League Bridge Division title.

South beat Shelton 6-1 to start the week behind Travis Gutierrez’s second hat trick of the year and followed that up with a 5-2 home win over Central Kitsap as Nolan Kalkwarf scored twice.

That puts the Wolves at 7-1-0 overall and 6-1-0 in division play and keeps them near the top of the division standings.

South out-shot the Cougars 18-2 and saw both goals scored against them come in most unfamiliar fashions.

The first one, which tied the game just 16 minutes into it, was an own-goal scored by a South defender while the second one simply bounced over the head of goalie Tony Saddler.

With those two goals, South has now allowed six goals scored on just eight shots in its last three games. That’s something coach Eric Bergeson would like to see change.

“I’d like to see a little more focus from our guys in the back,” Bergeson said. “We need to take something from the lessons we’re learning back there and start walking the walk, which we do most of the time.”

While South has been a bit lackadaisical on defense of late, its offense has continued to shine. Through nine games played this year, the Wolves have scored 39 goals, while allowing just eight.

Kalkwarf has made the most of his first two games of the year after, netting two goals and an assist after missing time due to illness. Muyskens has also had a nice week, playing some pretty stellar defense in the Shelton game while scoring his first goal of the year against Central Kitsap.

South now travels to Gig Harbor Wednesday and is at home against Port Angeles on Friday.

South Kitsap 5, Central Kitsap 2

Played April 13 at South Kitsap

First half – 1. SK, Ryan Muyskens (Dan Nelson) 5th minute; 2. CK, SK own goal; 3. Cade Mossman (unassisted) 33rd; 4. Andrew Ringer (Nelson), 35th.

Second half – 5. Nolan Kalkwarf (Kyle Schoales) 41st; 6. CK, Tony Hunter (unassisted) 55th; 7. Kalkwarf, (unassisted) 61st.

South Kitsap 6, Shelton 1

Played April 11 at Shelton

First half — 1, SK, Cade Mossman, 5th. 2, SK, Kyle Schoales, 30th. 3, SK, Travis Gutierrez (Nolan Kalkwarf), 34th. 4, SK, Gutierrez (PK), 37th. 5, SK, Dan Nelson, 40th.

Second half — 6, SK, Gutierrez (Mossman), 53rd. 7, Shel, name unavailable.

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