Tides topple Wolves in home opener

The South Kitsap High School boys soccer team (0-2) held the Gig Harbor to just six shots on goal.

But the Tides (2-0) made two of them count, escaping a cold and windy SK field with a 2-0 win last Friday night.

SK’s first game at home was marred by more than just the weather.

Because of a scheduling snafu, the game was officiated by a junior varsity referee.

SK coach Eric Bergeson clearly showed his frustration on the sidelines, but a lot of his wrath was directed toward his players.

Much like the game at Shelton, SK’s defense played strong but made a costly error that led to Gig Harbor’s second goal at the 48-minute mark.

Gig Harbor’s first goal was scored by Andy Willis on a direct kick about 20 yards out on the left side.

Willis’ shot bent around a wall of SK players and hit the bottom of the cross bar.

The referee called it a goal, saying the ball crossed the goal line when it came down.

Bergeson said he thought it wasn’t a goal, but would have to look at the videotape of the shot to know for sure.

“Don’t get me wrong, the referee wasn’t the difference in the game,” Bergeson said. “We had no control over the situation.”

The northerly wind proved to be a benefit to Gig Harbor in the first half and SK in the second half, but SK was unable to take advantage.

Bergeson said the most frustrating aspect of the game was the inability of the midfield to settle the game down.

“We just didn’t pick it up in the middle and have patience,” Bergeson said. “I think we were in a hurry and panicked, and we didn’t slow down.”

On the flip side, Gig Harbors defense in the middle held SK to just two legitimate shots on goal.

“Gig Harbor played a good game,” he said. “We tried to come in there (the middle) but it was really hard. We still have some work to do.”

Bergeson said he doesn’t expect his team to push the panic button.

“There’s a lot of season left and we started off with two teams that have been to the state tournament,” Bergeson said. “We just have to keep rolling and keep building.”

Bergeson said he has faith in the leadership of his seniors.

“I think I have such excellent senior leadership that I don’t have to turn and tell them to keep their heads up and keep the intensity,” he said.

The Wolves, who played at Olympic yesterday, plays a tough Port Angeles team Thursday at 5 p.m.

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