SK salvages point on Robinson’s last-minute goal

What looked to be a hard-fought 1-0 loss against a talented Central Kitsap High School girl’s soccer team Thursday night turned into a tie thanks to the heroics of SK’s Cassie Brown and Randee Robinson in the 80th and final minute of regulation.

As the referee constantly checked his watch to call the game, Brown ran down a ball headed for the endline, crossed it to the middle where a slashing Robinson one-timed it past the diving Emily Zygmontowicz for the equalizing goal.

SK seemed to have the advantage after CK’s star player, midfielder Nicole Zygmontowicz, went down to a serious ankle injury with 18 minutes to play.

But CK rallied nine minutes later when Lindsey Schiffman scored the go-ahead goal.

Though SK salvaged a point, Gig Harbor leap-frogged SK into first place by one point after defeating North Kitsap 1-0.

SK coach Eric Bergeson said he liked the offensive effort in the last eight minutes of the game, but CK’s goal late in the game shouldn’t have been the reason to play with a sense of urgency.

“It would have been nice to play with that kind of force and determination the whole game,” Bergeson said. “I think we need to be able to play at that level of intensity every game.”

Bergeson admitted CK was a better team the second time around.

“There’s a team that’s much better than the first time we saw them,” he said. “They were missing some people when we first played them. But we were missing some people, too.”

Bergeson was referring to the absence of starting defenders Karla Myles and Alex Michael and goalkeeper Ricci Kranjcevich.

“The people who are getting their job done and were able to make the trip did an incredible job,” Bergeson said. “I think at full strength we win that game. (Missing starters) puts us at a disadvantage and it’s up to people who weren’t out there to own up to their responsibility and show their team that they are determined to get back on the field and help the team.”

Despite the loss of three starting defenders, Bergeson said he was pleased with the play he got out of his defense.

Junior varsity player Naomi Burt stepped in at sweeper and did a great job, Bergeson said.

“The defense gave up just one goal,” he said. “That’s solid. What we need to look at is why we’re not passing and building it up on offense.”

At the same time, Bergeson said he can’t find any fault with his team’s play.

“We come to compete, ” he said, “and we’re never going to be satisfied with a tie — nor should we, but we’ll take a point on the road.”

The Wolves host a scrappy Shelton team Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the SK football field.

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