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Wolves closing in on dream season

There’s still the small matter of beating winless Bremerton Tuesday night. But the South Kitsap High School girls soccer team is a win or tie away from recording its first undefeated season.

The Wolves (9-0-2 league, 11-0-3 overall ) earned an easy 4-1 win against Port Angeles Tuesday at Marcus Whitman Junior High and earned a big 1-0 win Wednesday against Central Kitsap at Silverdale Stadium.

A win against Bremerton will also lock up first place in the Narrows League Bridge Division, which would also be a first for SK.

Assuming SK defeats Bremerton, it will face Bellarmine — the first-place team in the Bay Division — to determine the No. 1 and No.2 seed for a West Central District game.

The Wolves are no strangers to the postseason, but they have been accustomed to playing loser-out games to earn a third or fourth seed.

The Narrows League No. 3 or No. 4 have usually had to play the South Puget Sound League No. 1 or No. 2 teams, which have almost always resulted in a loss for the Narrows League team.

For the last two years SK has been one win away from a state berth, but Curtis sent it packing both times.

Now SK will have a considerable shot at state since it will draw a much lower seed out of the SPSL or Greater St. Helens League.

While SK had Port Angeles to thank for scoring three own-goals, the Wolves were more battle-tested against a tough CK team.

Senior Sarah Groves, who in all likelihood will earn the Bridge Division MVP, netted the game’s lone goal in the 19th minute off a Karla Myles assist.

Groves became the first SK player in school history to score a goal against every Narrows League opponent, SK coach Gary Trautman said.

Trautman said the narrow win against CK didn’t reflect how much SK dominated the game, especially in the first half.

“We really outplayed them in the first half,” Trautman said. “In the second half they started to put up some pressure. We were close and they were close.”

While the post-season outlook is good, Trautman said his players will need to stay focused and not take Bremerton lightly.

Between it being senior night for nine seniors, T-shirt night for youth soccer players who come to the game wearing their jersey, and a game with playoff implications, the Wolves will have their hands full with keeping their concentration.

“We don’t want to relax out there,” Trautman said.

The Wolves are also playing without two of its starters.

Senior Amanda Bolz was sick all last week and sophomore Lauren Gehring re-injured her ankle last weekend.

Trautman said he hopes to have both ready for the Bellarmine game.

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