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Expectations running high for veteran SK booters
"For the first time since 1998 Gary Trautman doesn't have to use the term rebuilding to describe the type of season the South Kitsap High School girls soccer team will have.Sporting only three seniors over each of the last two seasons a lot of SK's success was dependent on the class of 2002.Now loaded with nine seniors and a plethora of experienced underclassmen, the Wolves are ready to take on the newly shaped Narrows League Bridge Division and make a run at the state playoffs.The Olympic League has merged into the Bridge Division--a division Trautman calls highly competitive.For the last three years Trautman has had to mix up his lineup to find the right chemistry and the right position.With so much experience coming back, it's not a question of who will play, but where.Leading the offensive attack are senior front runners Carri-Ann Anderson, Amanda Bolz, and Tiffany Storck.Storck has been the scoring machine for SK, but a broken leg early last season ended her year.Now back, Trautman said she is picking up where she left off.Feeding the ball to the front runners will come off the feet of senior do-it-all Sarah Groves.The MVP of the team the last two years, Groves may also see action again at stopper.Her combination of talent on defense and offense makes her the team's biggest weapon.Also joining forces with Groves at midfield are seniors Ashley Sutton, Jill Wilson, and Kristin Ritchie.Sutton and Wilson provide much needed touch for the frontrunners to score.Ritchie, who may be the fastest player on the team, can use her speed as an asset on offense and defense.Junior Emilee Ashby showed her diversity last year as both an offensive threat and defensive stopper.Like Groves, Ashby will be able to play anywhere on the field.Also looking to contribute in the midfield is junior Jamae Feddock and sophomore Stephanie Solarek, who earned some brief time at varsity last year.The defense took its lumps last year. Though still young, Trautman said there shouldn't be breakdowns like last year.Sophomores Lauren Gehring and Nicole Schoonover are back, and will be joined by juniors Karla Myles, Heather Hamilton and highly regarded freshman Randee Robinson.Robinson, who Trautman said will make an immediate impact, almost joined four other Port Orchard freshmen at Bellarmine Prep, but opted to stay after the levy passed, Trautman said.We lost some key freshmen to Bellarmine but we still have a great freshmen class, Trautman said. Lauren Kruzner is playing well on the outside, and also playing well is Stephanie Milne and Nicole Bussman.This will be the first year SK doesn't play Stadium or Bellarmine.Though both teams have given SK fits in the past, Trautman said the new division won't give the team any slack.This new league is very competitive, he said. Gig Harbor lost a lot of starters but they're always great. North Kitsap has a good program. Olympic and CK...I don't see any drop-offs there.What Trautman hopes he can get is a No.1 seed in the division so the Wolves don't have to face the South Puget Sound League No.1 or No. 2 seed.I'm tired of going to Curtis and saying 'okay, time to go home', Trautman joked.Sept. 11 vs. Gig Harbor 3:30 p.m.Sept. 13 at Olympic 7 p.m.Sept. 14 vs. Southridge 3:30 p.m.Sept. 18 vs. North Kitsap 3:30 p.m. Sept. 20 at Port Angeles 6:45 p.m.Sept. 24 at White River 7 p.m.Sept. 25 vs. Central Kitsap 7 p.m.Sept. 27 at Bremerton 7 p.m.Oct. 4 at Gig Harbor 3:30 p.m.Oct. 9 vs. Olympic* 7 p.m.Oct. 11 at North Kitsap 6:45 p.m.Oct. 16 vs. Port Angeles 3:30 p.m.Oct. 17 at Central Kitsap 6:45 p.m.Oct. 23 vs. Bremerton* 7 p.m.Oct. 24 at Fife 7:15 p.m. "