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Wolves get payback with 1-0 win over CK

South Kitsap’s 1-0 Narrows League Bridge Division soccer win over Central Kitsap Thursday night should come as a surprise to no one. At least the score shouldn’t.

For the fourth match in a row, the two rival teams fought to a 1-0 ending, this one coming in Silverdale and avenged the Wolves 1-0 loss at home back in March to open the season.

“It’s not revenge in a personal sense,” South coach Eric Bergeson said. “We suffer a little bit of loss of pride when we give up a game at home. So returning that favor was on our mind.”

The Wolves’ Dan Nelson headed in a perfect throw-in from Kyle Schoales early in the second half, and goalie Nick Boone made it stand up as South ran its record to 6-1-1 and stayed as close to league-leading Gig Harbor as it could.

The two teams, separated by just two points, face off Tuesday at 5 p.m. at the SK field.

“We were very bummed out at the beginning of the season after we lost (to Central),” Nelson said. “It feels really, really good to get some revenge on these guys.”

Nelson’s goal, his first of the year, came off a set play with sophomore Schoales heaving in the perfect pass to Nelson.

“I just happen to get inside position on one of their guys. They forgot to mark me,” Nelson said. “It was a big-time goal for me. We needed that.”

“What a great time for Dan Nelson to get his name in the book,” Bergeson said. “He’s a dangerous player. He’s got great speed, but the balls just haven’t been falling for him so far this year.”

The two programs traded 1-0 home wins last year but this year each team won on the road. Central’s win got the Wolves off to a 0-1 start, but they have climbed back into the league race with a 5-0-1 run since.

“Everyone is clicking on all cylinders and we’re starting to play as a team,” said Nelson, a junior. “At the beginning of the season, we weren’t really unified but now everything is clicking. Everyone is seeing everyone. We’re coming together as a team.”

Just about everything went the Wolves’ way on Thursday, including the play of Boone and the defense. Boone shut out his fourth straight opponent and fifth of the year.

“I haven’t had a lot of action,” Boone said. “This is probably the most I’ve gotten all year. But I felt confident in the defense.”

Even the shots that got through were far enough out, Boone said, that he had no trouble cutting down the angle or getting in position for the stop.

“We just tried to take care of our end and limit their chances,” Bergeson said. “And I thought we were very successful at that.

“I especially like those zeros up on the scoreboard,” Bergeson said. “I’d like us to finish some more because he had some looks right in front, and I think we could have put the game away sooner.”

South got solid inside play and ball handling from the usual suspects, like Tyler Penn and Cory Kelmel, while newbie Jose`Luis Melgar, an exchange student from Bolivia, showed off some fancy footwork. But it was the play of Boone and the defenders in front, like Maguiel Peredo and Haakon Gangnes, that put the crunch on the Cougars.

“Those of us that are seniors, this was nice, to come up here and win in their place,” Boone said. “Now we are on a roll. We’re on a winning streak.”

• South Kitsap 8, Shelton 0: Tyler Penn scored three unassisted goals for a true hat trick, while Boone posted his fourth shutout of the year in Wolves win Tuesday night.

Haakon Gangnes, Alex Jones, Jose Luis Melgar, Nolan Kalkwarf and Tony Saddler all scored goals.

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