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Depleted Wolves defy odds to win
On paper, theres no way the South Kitsap High School girls soccer team should have beaten Cascade Tuesday in the first round of the 4A state playoffs.
The Wolves were without four starters, on the road at Everett Stadium against an undefeated Cascade team that had not yielded a goal in nearly a month, and playing in front of approximately 100 Cascade students who made it their goal to heckle the SK team relentlessly.
The heckling resorted to personal shots especially geared towards senior striker Tiffany Storck, senior goalkeeper Megan Morey and freshman Randee Robinson.
Playing with a motivation unseen all season, SK (14-1-3) battled Cascade (17-1) evenly despite the odds and banked on a pair of Sarah Groves goals and more than a dozen prime time saves from Morey to escape with a 2-1 win.
The Wolves played without the services of Jamae Feddock and Karla Myles (sick) and Emilee Ashby and Amanda Bolz (injury).
A determined SK team drew first blood in the 11th minute on a free kick from 20 yards out.
The ball skipped past befuddled Cascade goalkeeper Morgan Carter.
Groves said it was a miscalculation by Carter that enabled her to score.
She couldnt see it because she placed her wall in front of the near post and she went to the far post, so I went for the near post and it went in.
Morey said scoring the first goal of the game changed the players attitude on the field.
I think we play a lot better once were a goal ahead, Morey said. I also think from last Saturdays game (against Federal Way), we decided to come in confident.
It was only four minutes later Cascade answered back with a pretty give-and-go goal from Shannon Baskett to Stefanie Baines.
The teams continued to put pressure on the opposing goalkeeper.
With 10 minutes remaining, Groves bent a free kick from 20 yards out that looked to be a goal. But Carter found the springs to make the save and preserve the tie.
Groves got her revenge four minutes later.
Awarded a free kick on the 40-yard line, Groves booted a ball that looked to have a missle code on it.
The ball slid right under the crossbar and right over the outstretched hands of Carter and gave SK a 2-1 lead.
After keeping the ball away from the goal the next three minutes, Cascade had time to mount one final attack.
Cascades Kelsey Ray blasted a free kick from about 40 yards that Morey timed perfectly.
The ball skipped up and would have gone in the goal if Morey didnt have the presence to use her hands to guide the ball up and over the goalpost.
Cascade quickly set up the corner kick and placed the ball right in the middle of chaos.
One Cascade player headed what appeared to be the game-tying goal, but it hit the post and bounced back.
Another Cascade player took the rebound and kicked it up and it hit the crossbar.
On that rebound, Morey pushed her teammates away and pounced on the ball for the recovery. Seconds later the game was over.
I was thinking this was our last opportunity and I had to save it, Morey said. On the corner kick everybody got their head or body part on it and then I finally got it.