Wolves' defense pays off

Advancing to the Class 4A state tournament is fast becoming an annual event for the South Kitsap boys’ soccer team. And so are the awards that follow.

After moving into the state tourney for the third time in the last four years, South Kitsap players are plentiful on the Second Annual Kitsap News Group’s All-Kitsap County Soccer team, nailing down five positions, including three starters from a team that went 10-5-2.

The team was voted on by sportswriters and photographers of the KNG family of papers. The team is made up of academically elligelble players from all the high schools in Kitsap County.

Defense is the name of the game for the Wolves, and some of their best are here, including goalkeeper Nick Boone, defender Alex May and midfielder Cory Kelmel on the first team, while Chris Lewis and Tyler Penn were honorable mentions.

All-Kitsap County Boys Soccer Team

F — Pat Perkins, Bremerton: Perkins scored 17 goals and added five assists. His total points (22) accounted for 80 percent of Bremerton’s offense this season.

F — Kyle Stroh, Central Kitsap: Stroh scored 11 goals and had three assists for CK, including both of the goals in the Cougs’ narrow playoff loss. One of the fastest CK forwards, Stroh’s presence will be missed on and off the field.

MF — Carlos Portillo, North Kitsap: Portillo was one of the most potent scorers in the Narrows, amassing 17 goals in the season for 36 total points. Despite a laser of a shot and lightning quickness, Coach Pat Stickney said it’s his ball-handling skills that he uses to baffle opponents and find holes with the defense.

MF — Josh Lane, Klahowya: Lane scored just six goals and four assists for the Eagles, but it was his outstanding playmaking ability that made him an asset to the team, and the Nisqually League’s MVP, this season. With some of the best footwork in the Nisqually, Lane broke many ankles, figuratively speaking, with his crossover skills.

MF — Marios Kjellevold, Central Kitsap: The Norwegian exchange student led CK to the postseason behind his team-leading 12 goals. Kjellevold also had three assists, but mostly contributed with his understanding of the game at the European level.

MF — Corey Kelmel, South Kitsap: The Wolves’ captain in the middle, he had a nice balance of goals and assists. Quick on his feet and even better with the ball, Kelmel was a major factor in South returning to the state playoffs.

F — Steven Prevost, North Kitsap: Prevost racked up nine goals and six assists for 24 points in North Kitsap’s first season with a playoff berth in a number of years.

D — Elias Cook, Klahowya: Cook was another key cog in the Eagles’ machine this season, scoring five goals and two assists. Cook helped shut down opposing scorers while marking some of the Nisqually League’s best forwards. His ability to cover the whole field was almost as strong as his ability to create opportunities for his teammates.

D — Alex May, South Kitsap: Just a sophomore, May may have been the best defender on a team loaded with great defenders. His size and speed went a long way in the Wolves giving up under a goal a game. He’s someone South can build around next year.

D — Marc Anderson, North Kitsap: The Viking captain was moved halfway through the season to the backfield to bolster the defense. Clearly it paid off as the Vikings went from a .500 team to one that made the Narrows playoffs

GK — Nick Boone, South Kitsap: Boone had a great senior season, posting seven shutouts while allowing just 16 goals in 17 games. Big and quick, it’s hard to get a ball past him. And his booming kicks always caught an opposing team off guard. He saved his best for last, making stop after stop to keep South close in its opening-round state game against Jefferson.

Coach — Pat Stickney, North Kitsap: Stickney, in his second year as coach, took a team verging on complacency — the Vikings only won two games the year before he took over — and put them in the playoffs for the first time since anyone can remember. But aside from the win/loss column, it is his desire to teach the next generation of soccer players that makes the sport his passion.

Honorable Mention:

• Brett Pendt, Central Kitsap: Pendt was great at finding open teammates, leading the team with five assists. Putting in two goals of his own, Pendt helped the Cougs into the Narrows League playoffs.

• Charlie Giles, Central Kitsap: The Cougars’ defender didn’t post much in the way off offensive numbers. The key to his season was he didn’t let the opposition, either. CK coach Charles Frohman attributed much of the Cougs’ defense to the play of Giles.

• Shawn Flewell, Olympic: The Olympic forward kept the Trojans in the playoff hunt in a closely contested Bridge Division race this season, thanks in part to his team-leading five assists.

• Cody Clark, Olympic: The speedy Clark was the centerpiece of the Trojans’ fast-strike offense for most of the season — until an injury ended his year early. With a team-leading 12 goals before his injury, Clark, just a freshman, will be the cornerstone of a Trojan revival on the soccer field.

• Tyler Penn, South Kitsap: He lead the Wolves in total points, was always a force in the middle and could score quickly. He showed great determination and willingness to throw his body around.

• Jason Hippe, Klahowya: The Eagles’ defender may not look the part, often going up against players with three to four inches on him in height. But those same opponents quickly found out that the scrappy Hippe was not one to be messed with. Hippe’s physical, no-holding-back defensive attitude helped the Eagles to a first-place tie in the Nisqually League.

• Bryce Wick, Klahowya: Wick was an imposing figure in the goal for Klahowya this year. But his size wasn’t his only asset, as Wick finished seven shutouts for the Eagles this season.

• Chris Lewis, South Kitsap: He missed much of the second half of the season with an ankle injury and then a mystery illness but he was instrumental in the Wolves’ stellar defense. His tenacity and guts carried over to everyone else. He’s a very physical and emotional player.

• Kyle Johnson, Bremerton: A perfect compliment to Perkins, Johnson scored seven goals and led the Knights with seven assists. The senior mid provided valuable leadership for a young Bremerton team.

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