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Wolves stop Gig Harbor, Lions await
t SK turns tables on Tides team that had shut it out three weeks earlier.
Perhaps the best word to describe Michael Krug’s first season as South Kitsap’s girls soccer coach is bizarre.
The Wolves beat the top two teams in the Narrows League, but finished in a tie for third.
One of their most prolific offensive players, junior forward Courtney Brown, broke her right fibula during an Olympic Development Program tryout in September.
And Wednesday night, South beat a Gig Harbor team, 1-0, that shut the Wolves out 20 days earlier.
South now faces Bellarmine Prep at 4:30 p.m. today at the Lincoln Bowl. The Wolves beat the league champion, 1-0, in their previous match Sept. 30 at Joe Knowles Field.
“We’re going to come out fast and strong,” defender/forward Riley Dopps said. “We want this more than anything as a team.”
It was a freshman who put the Wolves (10-3-1) in this position. Kailey Lyman took a shot on the left side of the field from 20 yards out that ricocheted off the goalkeeper Britt Werner’s hands into the net in the 83rd minute to give the Wolves the winning score.
“I just went up the field and shot it,” Lyman said. “Luckily it went in. With my adrenaline going, it came easy.”
Lyman, a center-midfielder who attends John Sedgwick Junior High, and her teammates had to hold off the Tides, which defeated South 4-0 in their previous match-up.
There were two minutes remaining in the first overtime and then five more in the second, but South controlled the ball for most of that time.
“Everyone came up and gave me a hug,” Lyman said. “It was really exciting.”
Gig Harbor senior goalkeeper Caitlyn Savage was suspended for the match after drawing a red card in the Tides’ last match and Werner replaced her.
South had plenty of scoring opportunities, particularly in the first half, but Werner made several saves including one on a shot by Dopps in the 35th.
“It definitely was frustrating at times,” Dopps said. “She (Werner) had a great game.”
Krug noticed and made some adjustments during the intermission between regulation and overtime.
“Their defense kept dropping back and we were forcing the ball,” he said. “We talked about if they isolate them, be patient.”
It worked and now South faces the Lions for the No. 1 seed out of the Narrows in next week’s West Central District Tournament.
“It’s all about ramping them up at the right time,” Krug said. “We don’t want to have a letdown during the playoffs.”
At South Kitsap 1,
Gig Harbor 0.
Second half-1, South Kitsap, Kailey Lyman, 83rd minute.