Wolves stun Stadium

South Kitsap’s Alyssa Nystrum heads the ball into the air against Stadium. - Jesse Beals/Staff Photo
South Kitsap’s Alyssa Nystrum heads the ball into the air against Stadium.
— image credit: Jesse Beals/Staff Photo

t SK hangs five goals on Tiger squad that had allowed a total

of four all season.

Playing the top programs in the Narrows League always seems to bring out the best in the South Kitsap girls soccer team.

The Wolves showed that again Thursday in their final regular-season match with a 5-3 win against Stadium.

Stadium (11-2 overall, 8-2 league) only allowed four goals this season entering the contest.

The Tigers’ other loss was a 2-1 setback Oct. 7 against league champion Bellarmine Prep.

“With it being Senior Night, all the girls were amped to play,” South junior midfielder Christina Boddie said. “All of us wanted to win for the seniors.”

South (9-3-1, 7-2-1) wasn’t able to pass the Tigers in the standings with the win, but it was important nonetheless.

Because Olympia beat Gig Harbor 1-0 Thursday, the Wolves secured the No. 4 seed in next week’s Narrows League Tournament.

They will host No. 5 Gig Harbor on Wednesday.

The Wolves wouldn’t have accomplished it without beating the league’s best. South also won against Bellarmine Prep 1-0 on Sept. 30.

It’s believed to be the first time in program history they have defeated the Lions.

“When I took the program over, the biggest thing I wanted to instill was getting them to believe in themselves, hold each other accountable and set a standard,” said Michael Krug, South’s first-year coach. “They met expectations. This is how good they should be. I’m really pleased.”

It didn’t start quickly for the Wolves as they didn’t score until the 30th minute when Boddie’s penalty kick went past the outstretched goalkeeper’s arms.

Boddie also scored on a penalty kick in the 68th.

“It’s all practice and then it becomes habitual,” Boddie said. “You have to have a relaxed mentality. Otherwise, you’re doomed.”

Senior forward Tori Fairweather gave South a 2-0 lead headed into halftime when she scored in the 33rd.

The Wolves, who are undefeated in matches when they score at least three goals, seemed to put the game away in the 48th when Boddie’s cross found senior midfielder Courtney Mayo in front of the goal to give South a 3-0 lead.

But the Tigers responded in the 52nd when Chelsea Jennings took a pass from Tiana Brockway and beat goalkeeper Holly Sieler.

Stadium scored again three minutes later when Morgan Swanson capitalized on a putback.

The momentum shifted again, though, when Boddie scored and sophomore Kelsey Callaghan capitalized on a header from Kaurie Wiggins to give the Wolves a 5-2 edge.

Stadium scored in the final minute when Swanson found the ball through a pack of players around the Wolves’ goal and put it in.

“This helped our confidence after that loss against Gig Harbor,” South senior centerback Rebecca Christenberry said. “We needed this.”

Krug credited the team’s veterans for having them ready to play.

“I thought the seniors took the pitch and they set the standard for the work rate,’ Krug said. “The seniors set the tone.”

It won’t get much easier for the Wolves with the playoffs beginning. South lost 4-0 on Oct. 9 at Gig Harbor.

The team has won four consecutive games since then, but Krug said the Wolves haven’t met their objective yet.

“Nope,’ he said. “Not until we’re holding that championship cup.”

At South Kitsap 5,

Stadium 3

First half-1, South Kitsap, Christina Boddie (penalty kick), 30th minute; 2, South Kitsap, Tori Fairweather.

Second half-3, South Kitsap, Courtney Mayo (Boddie), 45th; 4, Stadium, Chelsea Jennings (Tiana Brockway), 52nd; 5, Stadium, Morgan Swanson; 6, South Kitsap, Boddie (penalty kick), 68th; 7, South Kitsap, Kelsey Callaghan (Kaurie Wiggins), 70th; 8, Stadium, Swanson.

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