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Moore scores twice to lead Wolves past Olympia
Justin Moore has a way of taking the stagnant moments out of soccer.
As South Kitsap struggled to find the net in its Narrows League opener, Moore found himself in a one-on-one situation and beat goalkeeper Dylan Rus Ingham to give the Wolves their first goal in the 33rd minute.
Moore, who signed with Western Washington University, scored another goal in the 54th to help South to a 3-1 win Tuesday night against Olympia.
"It was a good breakthrough," he said. "I was able to capitalize off of it."
The Wolves used the momentum to score again just four minutes after Moore's first goal. Kaleb Craig had a free kick from 25 yards out and struck the ball toward the left of the goal, where Jason Skolnik headed it into the net.
Moore said that's been a designed play in practice and he was excited to see his team take advantage of it.
"We played together as a team," he said. "We still have little stuff to work on, but I thought it was a good result overall."
After scoring 12 goals last year, Moore was a first-team all-league selection at forward. He displayed some of his offensive skills on the second goal, tricking his defender by shifting the ball and breaking through for an uncontested goal.
"I was just trying to get through the defense and I found a hole," Moore said.
South goalkeeper Daniel Lathrop lost the shutout when Ryan Lawrence took the rebound on a shot by Tim Song and scored in the 60th. But Olympia (0-3-0 overall, 0-2-0 league) didn't have many offensive opportunities after that.
"It was another test for the boys to realize their potential," South coach Michael Krug said. "I was pleased."
The Wolves (2-0-0, 1-0-0) won their opener 5-1 Monday at Bremerton. South hasn't trailed yet this year, which has allowed Krug to view his personnel.
"We got a win and I got to look at a lot of different players and situations," he said. "There's a lot of positives for the future."
Krug believes that will benefit his team as the Wolves vie for their first state-playoff appearance in three years.
"We've got 10 games to get ready for state," he said. "Our main goal is a state championship."
At South Kitsap 3, Olympia 1
First half-1, South Kitsap, Justin Moore, 33rd minute; 2, South Kitsap, Jason Skolnik (Kaleb Craig), 37th.
Second half-3, South Kitsap, Moore; 4, Olympia, Ryan Lawrence (Tim Song), 60th.
South Kitsap 5, at Bremerton 1
First half-1, South Kitsap, Dixon Hammer (Boyd Shelby), 10th minute; 2, South Kitsap, Nico de la Cruz, 19th; 3, South Kitsap, Diego de la Cruz, 32nd.
Second half-4, Bremerton, Matt Olsen, 54th; 5, South Kitsap, Justin Moore, 63rd; 6, South Kitsap, Brent Ricigliano, 73rd.