South capitalizes in loser-out, 4-0

The pressure that comes with playing with the season on the line didn’t seem to have much effect on the South Kitsap Wolves girls’ soccer team Saturday.

South secured its short-term playoff future with a commanding 4-0 win over the Capital Cougars, in a game that felt less like a loser-out and more like business-as-usual as SK prepares for the next round of the playoffs next weekend.    

“We weren’t ready for this season to be over,” said Wolves’ senior Randee Robinson, who scored two of the four goals for South in the game. “It was pretty much all heart out on the field today.”

Though South had numerous opportunities throughout the game, it took the Wolves until the 24th minute to put the ball in the back of the net off a header by Erin Carpenter. The team never looked back, with top players Robinson and Nicole Bussman adding three additional tallies to secure the win.  

“Overall, our team out-hustled them, and we just had more confidence in our individual skills,” said the Wolves’ Nicole Bussman, herself with a goal and an assist versus Capital Saturday. “We were a team that came ready to play.” 

The game showed just how resolute the team can be – especially under the pressure of a loser-out situation, commented Wolves coach Eric Bergerson. 

“We wanted more than anything to continue our season for another week,” Bergeson said. “(This game) also gave us a chance to get our team playoff game ready.”

Once SK broke the game open, Bergeson was able to put in much of his reserves, using 21 of his 22 players in the game, the coach commented.

Though South has guaranteed itself a playoff game this weekend, the Wolves still have a game to play against Stadium in a late game Monday night at Silverdale Stadium to determine who their opponents will be in the opening round. Stadium won its loser-out game Saturday, 2-1 against North Kitsap to end the Vikings’ season.

Robinson commented that Monday’s game bears tremendous importance in how the team goes into the playoffs this weekend. With a win, South secures a higher seed in the opening round than if they were to lose to the Tigers.    

“We want to get a good seed so we can go as far as we can,” Robinson said.

The Wolves, atop the Narrows’ Bridge for much of the season, ended it somewhat disappointingly Monday a week ago with a 2-2 tie with North Kitsap to place them in a tie for second in the in the division with Central Kitsap. Central got the automatic bid to compete in the playoffs, having scored more goals than SK on the season.

Now that South has secured its spot in the post-season, Bergeson said he would like to see the team go in as a greater threat – and winning Monday’s late-game certainly wouldn’t hurt. But the Tigers can’t be taken lightly, he added.

“It’s going to take everyone on our team to beat (Stadium),” Bergeson said.

South Kitsap 4, Capital 0

First half – 1, SK, Erin Carpenter (Kaitlin Myles assist), 24th minute; 2, SK, Randee Robinson (Santerra Holler assist), 29th minute; 3, SK, Robinson (Nicole Bussman assist), 35th minute.

Second half – 4, SK, Bussman, (unassited), 46th.

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