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Milne’s heroics lift Wolves

Just like a broken record, Eric Bergeson continues to watch his players make the same mistakes.

But the South Kitsap High School girls soccer coach is also seeing his team win despite the errors.

The Wolves earned six big points at home in the Narrows League Bridge Division standings after earning a 3-2 win against North Kitsap on Tuesday and a 6-0 win over Bremerton.

SK still holds the top spot, though Gig Harbor lurks just one point behind in the standings.

SK could have watched itself slip had it not been for the late heroics of sophomore forward Stephanie Milne in the North Kitsap game.

SK led on two different occasions (1-0 and 2-1) only to see NK’s Rosie Zadra score equalizer goals in the 31st and 61st minutes.

SK’s Emilee Ashby opened the scoring on a goal that screamed with home field advantage.

From 20 yards out Ashby found herself in good position to strike the ball but she wasn’t able to put as much leg into it as she would have liked.

The low drive spun on the ground towards NK goalkeeper Lacey Cooper, who clearly timed the ball well.

But just as Cooper dove to her left to snag the ball, the ball hit a tuft of grass and bounced over her diving body into the net to give SK a 1-0 lead 10 minutes before halftime.

Zadra struck back with a goal less than one minute after Ashby’s goal.

Bergeson said he’s tired of watching his team strike first only to see the opponent equalize moments later.

“I keep begging them not to let that happen,” Bergeson said. “It’s like our minds depart from the game for a two- or three-minute span.”

Bergeson said he’ll take mistakes as long as the team continues to come away with wins.

“I guess the best way to look at it is, if you make a mistake and still come away with three points, it allows you to keep ahead of the standings and you still learn from your mistakes,” Bergeson said. “But the fact that we are repeating some of the mistakes concerns me.”

SK regained the lead at the 55-minute mark when Ashby sent a free kick into the middle of the goal.

Sophomore Randee Robinson settled the ball, kicked it off of a charging Cooper and hit the rebound in the goal.

Zadra scored again just six minutes after Robinson’s goal.

Though SK controlled possession of the ball most of the game, neither team mounted any shots on goal.

But with just six minutes remaining in the game, SK made its one run count.

Sophomore Lauren Kruzner, who upped her goal-total to 12 after a scoring a pair against Bremerton, crossed the ball from the left side of the field to Milne, who made a run down the middle of the field.

The ball bounced once and as the it started to come back down, it was a race between Milne and Cooper.

Milne beat Cooper by a split second and was able to get a knee on the ball, which trickled past Cooper and into the net for the game-winner.

“What a special moment for Stephanie Milne to get the game-winner,” Bergeson said. “We dominated the entire game and passed really well in the midfield.”

SK played its second game without starting midfielder Lauren Gehring, who was held out from playing because of a mild concussion suffered against Olympic last week.

She played Thursday night in SK’s win against an out-matched Bremerton team.

Freshman Cassie Brown recorded a hat trick, followed by Kruzner’s goals, and a goal from Robinson.

Goalkeeper Ricci Kranjcevich recorded her fifth shutout in goal.

The Wolves host Port Angeles Tuesday at Retsil Field at 3:30 p.m.

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