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Balanced attack pays dividends for Wolves

One of the looming questions entering the South Kitsap High School girls soccer season was about scoring.

Who was going to finish?

SK coach Eric Bergeson only had to ponder this question after watching his team dominate Bremerton 7-1 Tuesday and Port Angeles 5-0 Thursday.

Other than two goals scored by Lauren Gehring against Bremerton, a different player scored a goal against Bremer-ton.

The same occurred at PA with five different SK players netting a goal.

The Wolves (2-0 Narrows League, 3-1 overall) will have their first division test when it hosts Central Kitsap (2-0-1) at Marcus Whitman Junior High Field Tuesday at 3:30 p.m.

In the first half of the Bremerton game, SK watched Bremerton cut its 2-0 lead cut in half when Jessica Belden deflected a shot off of defender Emilee Ashby.

Bergeson said that acted as a wakeup call for the Wolves, notably Ashby, who proceeded to score two goals before halftime.

Gehring scored both of her goals in the second half, and Jessica Splain highlighted the evening with a goal from 22 yards out.

Stephanie Solarek and Lauren Kruzner scored SK’s first two goals.

While the scoring varied, so to did the assisting.

Brittany Zurn, Cassie Brown, Randee Robinson (2), and Emily Shapely had assists.

SK didn’t let the elements get to them at Port Angeles — one of the tougher away games in the league.

From start to finish SK controlled the tempo of the game, and just like the Bremerton game, SK enjoyed a balanced scoring attack.

Solerek opened the scoring on an assist from Brown in the 12 minute.

Two minutes later Brown scored on a Gehring pass to give SK an early 2-0 lead.

Robinson added to the scoring with less than a minute remaining in the half on Gehring’s second assist of the game.

Kruzner padded SK’s lead to 4-0 10 minutes into the second half after connecting on a Solerek pass, and Samantha Godfrey closed out the scoring with an unassisted goal with just under 15 minutes to play.

“We controlled the action from start to finish,” Bergeson said. “Everyone is stepping up on offense. The fact that we had five goals scored from five different people indicates the style of soccer we’re playing.”

Through four games the Wolves have outscored their opponents 24-5.

Three of the five goals SK have given up came against Bellarmine, which bested SK 3-1 two weeks ago.

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