SK one win away

The season wasn’t on the line Saturday, but the South Kitsap High School girls soccer team played itself into a much better playoff scenario by defeating Stadium 3-0 at Stadium Bowl Saturday.

The win gives SK the No. 3 seed out of the Narrows League, while Stadium must settle for the No. 4 seed.

SK will face the winner of the Prairie/Battle Ground game Saturday at Stadium Bowl at 4 p.m. in a winner-to-state, loser-out contest.

SK coach Terry Bergeson said the win against Stadium assured SK wouldn’t face No.1 ranked Bellarmine in the first round of the state tournament.

Stadium must play the No. 3 team out of the tough SPSL league, while SK faces the No. 2 team out of Vancouver’s Southwest League.

Bergeson said he likes his team’s chances if they play the way they did against Stadium.

“That was a good win for us,” Bergeson said. “We played well and it’s a win to be proud of.”

The Wolves put on the pressure early, just missing a goal on a give-and-go in the first 20 seconds of the game.

The aggressive play paid off in the seventh minute when Randee Robinson got her head on the ball in front of the goal and teammate Lauren Gehring followed it in to give SK a quick 1-0 lead.

SK dictated play throughout the first half and capped it off in the 34th minute when forward Brittany Zurn made a nice header pass down the middle to a streaking Nicole Bussman, who scored the breakaway goal uncontested.

SK moved into more of a defensive mode in the second half, but Bussman scored her second goal of the game in the 62nd minute with a booming shot in the upper left corner of the goal.

Bergeson said he’s been impressed with the sophomore’s surge in the second half of the season.

“Nicole has really turned it on in the second half,” Bergeson said. “We got another great game from her (against Stadium).”

Bussman said it didn’t take much to get her hyped for the game.

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