Raiders end Wolves soccer season

Facing a team that had given up six goals all season, South Kitsap High School boys soccer coach knew his team was in for a struggle with the Thomas Jefferson Raiders in a district matchup Saturday at Sumner High School.

Though the teams played to a scoreless tie at halftime, the Raiders scored two second-half goals, showing they were just too good for the outmatched Wolves.

Both teams squandered scoring chances in the first half, but Jefferson made sure it didn’t fail in the second half.

Less than a minute into the frame, Jefferson’s Chris Sanders, the MVP of the SPSL, found himself unmarked from 10 yards out and blasted the ball off goalkeeper Jared Stevenson’s outstretched hand to put the Raiders up 1-0.

SK battled for the equalizer goal and looked to have it at the 59th minute.

Off its first corner kick of the game, SK junior Robbie Robinson received the kick and flicked the ball on the ground to senior Brendon Sweglar, who had an open shot from six yards away.

But the shot sailed over the crossbar, squandering SK’s best scoring opportunity.

In the first half, Robinson and Jefferson goalkeeper Taylor Landrud collided in mid-air on a 50-50 ball and the ball squirted out to Sweglar, who had an open look from 15 yards out.

But his shot missed over the cross bar.

At the 35th minute, junior John VanGeelkerken had an open net header, but that, too, flew over the crossbar.

“We didn’t have many scoring chances but we had three shots that there was no excuse not putting it in the net,” Bergeson said. “(Jefferson) also missed some scoring opportunities in the first half. That’s just how the game goes.”

Jefferson’s backbreaker came two minutes after SK missed its opportunity on the corner kick.

SK senior defender and co-captain Jason Boyett said it’s always sad to see a season come to an end, but everyone held their heads up high after the loss.

“We kept fighting it out to the end,” Boyett said. “I think we can all take pride in this team. We played right with them the whole time. We had our chances but just couldn’t finish.”

Bergeson said he was proud of the way his team played the last month of the season.

“This is a season to be proud of,” he said. “One month ago we weren’t in a position to be here. But we came together as a team and played well to put us in this position.”

Bergeson said he hopes his underclassmen will learn from this season that teams must go all out from the start of the season.

“I think they learned that you have to make every game and every minute count,” he said. “I’m especially proud of the senior leadership that took place in the last month of the season. They were a big reason we made it this far.”

Notes—SK’s Brendon Sweglar and Robbie Robinson were named to the Narrows League Bridge Division first-team. Sweglar was one of two forwards selected and Robinson was one of two defenders selected.

Midfielders Nick Fruner and Matt Hopper were named to the second team, as was goalkeeper Jared Stevenson. Honorable mention went to defenders Jason Boyett and Hiram Davis, and sophomore forward Tyler Penn.

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