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Moore powers Wolves past Mount Tahoma
Those within the boys soccer program at South Kitsap have no problem admitting they're looking ahead.
In addition to matches against Bellarmine Prep and Stadium toward the end of the month that likely will determine the Narrows League championship, the Wolves are focused on returning to state for the first time since 2006.
Oh yeah, they also remained undefeated with a 9-0 victory Monday night at Mount Tahoma behind a career-high four goals from senior forward Justin Moore.
"We weren't too focused on the score," Moore said. "We just wanted to come out here and play."
Moore often found his way past Thunderbirds defenders to put himself in a one-on-one situation with the goalkeeper. The result was goals in the second, 13th and 18th minutes before South coach Michael Krug pulled him with a 3-0 lead. Moore later returned and added a goal in the 62nd minute.
Austin Arper scored a pair of goals for the Wolves, while Dixon Hammer and Daniel Lathrop, who moved to forward from goalkeeper late in the match, each scored once.
"The boys are starting to jell," Krug said. "They're playing together well."
Krug said he used the match to experiment with different formats and also to build depth by rotating often.
"It was a good opportunity to give players minutes who haven't seen a lot of time," he said. "Most of those players really excelled."
But Krug didn't want South (5-0-0 overall, 4-0-0 league) to run up the score, and said he tried to slow the pace. He said that also was advantageous for the younger players because he was able to coach them more closely while they were on the field.
Mount Tahoma (0-5-0, 0-5-0) has allowed a Narrows League-high 34 goals this season, and the Wolves know the schedule won't get any easier. South still must play undefeated Bellarmine Prep and Stadium as the regular season ends later this month. The Wolves tied Stadium and lost 2-1 against Bellarmine Prep in the regular-season finale to give the Lions the league title last year.
"I know those are some teams that they've struggled against here," Krug said. "We're looking forward to playing those teams. That will be a good measure of where we think we are."
South Kitsap 9, at Mount Tahoma 0
First half-1, South Kitsap, Justin Moore (Nico de la Cruz), 2nd minute; 2, South Kitsap, Moore, 13th; 3, South Kitsap, Moore, 18th; 4, South Kitsap, Dixon Hammer (Diego Aceves-de la Cruz), 32nd; 5, South Kitsap, Austin Arper (Kaleb Craig), 35th; 6, South Kitsap, Ryan Wernet (Devan Walls-Wolf), 40th.
Second half-7, South Kitsap, Moore, 62nd; 8, South Kitsap, Arper (Nico de la Cruz), 68th; 9, South Kitsap, Daniel Lathrop, 77th.