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SK takes indoor soccer title
While the girls prep soccer season doesnt begin for another two weeks, players from various Narrows League Bridge Division teams got a taste of what theyll face during the regular season this summer.
The Olympic Soccer and Sports Center in Bremerton played host to the indoor summer high school league, which concluded Wednesday with South Kitsaps first-place-clinching win (11-3) against Olympic.
Stephanie Milne led SKs attack with six goals and Alex Michael added two goals.
Single goals were scored by Samantha Godfrey, Naomi Burt and Laura Kruzner.
Olympic got goals from Sarah Pedroza, Cassie Pugh and Brittany Borja.
Though the league didnt stage a championship game, SK finished the season with 20 points, one point better than Central Kitsap.
Olympic finished fourth.
Junior Nicole Schoonover said the summer league was a great opportunity to play with players who will be her new teammates at SK.
This (league) allows you to see how theyre working together before we get into the high school season, Schoonover said. Everyone already feels comfortable with each other.
Olympics Ashley Cook wasnt discouraged by the 11-3 score.
She said the high school indoor league gave her a crystal ball into the upcoming season, and she likes what she sees.
I got to see a lot of underclassmen come up and we were just building as a team and becoming one, Cook said. Im totally psyched for the season.
While Cook played with players mostly off of junior varsity last year, Cook said she got a nice feel for the team as a whole in a game prior to the loss to SK.
A handful of varsity players werent on hand against SK, but they did play in a 13-2 rout against Klahowya.
More girls showed up for that game and we did really well against Klahowya, Cook said.
Sarah Burt, who will be one of only a few seniors on SKs team this year, was in charge of getting players together to play this summer and always had plenty to work with.
Burt said it was an advantage being able to play with as many different players as possible.
It was great to get everyone together and see what were doing, Burt said. I think its more getting to know them better than actually playing together because we pretty much just pick up pretty quickly playing with each other.
With the anticipation of new SK girls coach Eric Bergeson, Burt and Schoonover agreed playing in the indoor soccer league will be helpful.
Bergeson, who has coached the boys soccer team for five years, is famous for his conditioning drills called Bergie time.
Im nervous about that, Burt said. But in indoor (soccer), theres a lot more running than you think. This definitely gets you ready for the heat because its an oven in (the indoor facility).
Schoonover said indoor soccer is beneficial in more ways than one.
Besides conditioning, the rotating positions may prove to be crucial to earning a spot on varsity.
There are some people competing for the same positions, she said. But in indoor youre not stuck in just one position. When it comes time for high school, everyone is more familiar with the different spots. Thats makes for more flexibility.
Schoonover said another advantage she saw with playing in the indoor league was the improved play of the team.
Most people are on their own (select) teams but because (indoor) is smaller with five (against five) people get more touches on the ball and you get a good workout, she said. It enhances some of the skills that you dont get to work on with 11 people on the field. Theres better communication in a smaller area.