SK savors rare win at Gig Harbor

A lot of talented South Kitsap High School soccer teams have come and gone, but none have enjoyed victory on Gig Harbor’s turf until Thursday.

Seeking revenge for last season’s 5-0 shelling at Gig Harbor, the Wolves looked like a team with a purpose as they dominated most of the game and won 2-0.

The win not only marks a first, but it thrust SK atop the Narrows League Bridge Division standings.

SK (5-0-2 NL) and Gig Harbor (5-1-1) played to a scoreless tie at halftime, but the Wolves came out blazing in the second half, reeling off nearly a dozen shots on goal.

Early in the second half, SK sophomore Brittney Zurn broke through Gig Harbor’s defense and booted the ball with her left foot into the right side of the net to give the Wolves a 1-0 lead.

Freshman stopper Randee Robinson created the Wolves’ next score.

Robinson found an opening up the field and went coast to coast before she kicked the ball off the hand of a Tides’ defender, who was inside the box.

A penalty was called, and SK senior midfielder Sarah Groves knocked in the penalty kick to give the Wolves a 2-0 lead.

SK coach Gary Trautman said Groves played one of the best games he’s ever seen her play.

“Groves had an inhuman game,” Trautman said. “She was everywhere making plays. She played a great game.”

All game long, the Wolves had to deal with Gig Harbor’s aggressive style, which took out senior goalkeeper Megan Morey and defender Lauren Gehring.

The team was forced to put its confidence in junior goalkeeper Katie Shoemaker, who was making her varsity debut.

Morey suffered a leg injury in the waning minutes of the first half and did not return.

Erin Porter, normally the No. 2 goalkeeper, was out with an injured arch.

Shoemaker looked unphased as made key plays in the second half to help preserve the shutout.

The game also marked the return of seniors Amanda Bolz and Carri-Ann Anderson, who missed the last two weeks because of injury.

Bolz, who suffered a concussion Sept. 20, played sparsely in the first half but came out strong in the second half with four shots on goal, including a couple she would like to have back.

“I wanted a goal so bad,” Bolz said. “I was a little scared out there, especially going up for headers.”

Bolz said winning at Gig Harbor for the seniors was especially gratifying.

“Every year we’ve played them, and it’s our nervous game,” Bolz said. “Now we have the confidence and we’re ready to go out there against anybody. It feels so good to play well as a team. Before, we were a little hesitant. But now it’s like we’ve got everything together.”

Trautman said having Bolz and Anderson back in front allows him to utilize his depth at that position.

“We’ve been able to switch so many players in and out,” Trautman said. “Carri Ann and Tiffany (Storck) keep the pressure on and then I put in Brittney and Amanda to change the pace of the game and the different types of runs we use.”

Trautman said keeping his offense fresh has clearly been the difference between SK and its opponents.

“You could see in the last 10 minutes the defenders were worn out,” he said. “We switch a lot so we can wear other teams down, and that’s how we’ve won game all year.”

SK may be in first place but with six games remaining Trautman said his team can’t afford to be complacent.

SK’s next test is a home game against Olympic Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the SK football field.

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