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Limping into the postseason

Eric Bergeson and his boys aren’t about to panic.

Not after Saturday’s 3-0 loss to Stadium during the Narrows League Tournament at Silverdale Stadium.

Not even after finishing up the regular season with two losses and tie.

No, Bergeson and his team are going to keep doing what they do best – play defense – and work on what they haven’t done so well of late – finish.

“We're not finished,” Bergeson said. “The second season starts now.”

South, 9-4-2, begins its second season as the West-Central District Tournament’s fourth seed while Stadium moves on as the third seed. South will face the South Puget Sound League’s No. 3 seed, which will not be determined until later tonight, at 4 p.m. Saturday at Sumner High School

The winner of that match will be the sixth seed in the 16-team Class 4A state tournament that begins the following week.

And even with the loss and the fact that the Wolves stumbled a bit down the stretch, Bergeson feels good about the Wolves situation.

“The 3-0 score doesn’t indicate what our defense did today,” Bergeson said. “My biggest concern is our ability to finish around the goal. Because it’s not like the teams we’re going to meet from here on out are going to give us more opportunities.

“We need to be able to create and we need to be more hungry,” Bergeson said. “And when we do get a look, we need to be able to put it in the back of the net.”

South had some chances to do just that but were denied by Stadium goalie Tony Detera, who has allowed just 10 goals all year.

Just before halftime, South seemed to half broken a scoreless tie when Kyle Schoales took a perfect pass from Nolan Kalkwarf and headed the ball to the corner of the net but Detera got a hand on the ball to preserve the tie.

The Wolves had more chances early in the second half when they got the ball positioned right in front of the Tigers’ goal and had solid looks but still couoldn’t get the ball past Detera.

“We seemed to have two or three sure goals that were kept out on sensational saves,” Bergeson said. “And (Detera) cut down on a lot of the attack before it got started.”

But goals were hard to come by for both teams as South goalie Nick Boone entered the match having allowed just 11 scores all year. But the Tigers got one by him 15 minutes into the second half and followed with a second goal 24 minutes later before closing out the game with a goal in the game’s final minute.

“Two of their goals came after we had to start pushing a little bit more,” Bergeson said. “Time was running down and both teams knew they were going to be playing next week. At least it gave us a chance to emulate the type of scenario we would face next week when it’s loser out.

“We had to take a few more chance and they did an excellent job of counter-attacking against a smaller defense as we pushed more and more guys forward and I think that made the difference score-wise,” Bergeson said.

So now the Wolves head back to practice and wait to see who their opponent will be. And they have plenty to work on, Bergeson said.

“There are, of course, things that we are going to do to try and compete better,” Bergeson said. “We’ve been struggling of late trying to put the ball in the net anyway so that was no different. I don’t think my guys could have played any harder. I thought they had a pretty nice passing game going much of the time. We had some nice, very organized attacks; we just weren’t very lethal in the 18-yard box on the other end. I’m concerned about our finishing, of course.”

Stadium 3, South Kitsap 0

Played May 14 at Silverdale Stadium

Second half: 1, Sta, Cheyoon Im (Ricardo Narvaez), 44th minute; 2, Sta, Tyler Ramm-Gramenz (Narvaez), 68th; 3, Sta, Mark Catalinich, 80th.

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