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Cascade vows revenge on SK
The memory is still fresh on the minds of the returning players of both teams that witnessed South Kitsaps 2-1 improbable win against then-undefeated Cascade Bruins in the first round of the 2001 4A state girls soccer playoffs at Everett Memorial Stadium.
A pair of goals from Sarah Groves and the incredible stops made by goalkeeper Megan Morey preserved the win and catapulted SK to the state quarterfinals, where it lost to Woodinville to end the season.
Just over a year later, Cascade and South Kitsap will meet up again tonight at 6 p.m. at the same site the Wolves pulled off their improbable win.
This time the stakes are higher, with the winner advancing to the semifinals.
While the many seniors from last years game are gone, Cascade senior midfielder Stephanie Bren-cic said the Bru-ins are out for blood tonight.
You bet there is a revenge factor, she was quoted as saying in an Everett Herald story. They beat us here last year. Now we get them at home.
Cascade coach Jamie Gay told the Herald she agreed there is a measure of payback to the game, but believes Cascade needs to keep it in check.
We need to stick to our defensive game, Gay said. But more importantly, we need to score goals to win. We dont want to overdo the revenge factor.
So far teams from the Narrows League have knocked off two WesCo teams at state.
SK defeated Shorewood, the WesCo No. 2 seed, 1-0 in blustery winds Tuesday at Shoreline Stadium to advance to the quarterfinal game tonight.
Gig Harbor defeated then-undefeated Snohomish, the WesCo No. 1 team, 1-0 Wednesday night.
An SK win against Cascade would make it a clean sweep of the WesCo teams.
SK freshman Cassie Brown connected from 15 yards out in the 63rd minute to give SK what proved to be the game-winning goal.
She also twisted her ankle on the play, but Bergeson said his team should be at full strength by Saturday against a very tough Cascade team.
The key to Cascades success is junior forward Jessica Hughes, whose 21 goals make up half of the teams total for the entire season.
We play a zone defense, but I want to cut in half the amount of space she has between herself and our defenders, Bergeson said. Shes very fast and loves going in on the inside. I think we can disrupt her if we make her go to her left.
Bergeson said Hughes is good enough that he expects his defenders to make a few mistakes.
But I will have planned that there will always be some-one there to help, he said.
SK (12-3-4), one win away from the state semifinals, put itself in this position by holding off an equally if not more aggressive Shorewood team that had given up just eight goals all year.
With the wind blowing from south to north, SK coach Eric Bergeson had hoped to win the toss and take the wind at his players backs.
SK lost the toss but the Wolves defense, which has 10 shutout wins (11 unofficially), kept Shorewood in check.
Scoreless at halftime, senior midfielder Emilee Ashby said the team knew it had the advantage in the second half.
Even though the wind was a factor, the wind was really with us in the second half, Ashby said. That was a big factor.
Junior sweeper Kristin Myles said she never stopped adjusting to the ball, even when SK had the wind advantage in the second half.