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Wolves dominant in Narrows League tourney opener
Those within the South Kitsap girls soccer program say they have moved on from what could have been in the regular season.
The Wolves are fully cognizant that they were undefeated in league play, but still finished second behind Bellarmine Prep because of three ties.
One of those three ties came against Gig Harbor and junior defender Riley Dopps said her team has plenty of motivation to beat the Tides on Saturday.
"We're definitely geared up to take it to them," she said. "We're pretty frustrated about those ties. We feel like we should have won."
South (10-0-3) earned the opportunity for a rematch with a 4-0 win Wednesday against Shelton in the Narrows League Tournament at Silverdale Stadium. The victory automatically places the Wolves into next week's West Central District Tournament.
"We're ready for the playoffs," South coach Julie Cain said. "I think we showed that."
The Wolves were able to outshoot the Highclimbers 20-0 and dominated possession of the ball throughout the contest. That gave South plenty of scoring opportunities against senior goalkeeper Natasha Hamilton. She saved a few, including a hard shot by senior forward Jami Cantrell in the 19th minute, but the Wolves were able to breakthrough shortly after.
Junior Riley Dopps took a pass from Kelsey Callaghan and hit a hard shot into the left side of the goal to give South a 1-0 lead in 26th.
The Wolves added two more goals in the first half. Freshman Brita Oleson quickly shot as Hamilton charged toward her in the 29th and senior Christina Boddie hit the left side of the net nine minutes later.
South's other goal came in the 49th by sophomore Kailey Lyman.
"We had 20 shots on frame that were great, hard shots," Cain said. "Four different goal scorers. It was a great team effort."
The Wolves were the host team based on their league record, but chose to play the game on turf in Silverdale instead of the grass surface at Joe Knowles Field. Dopps felt the move was beneficial as South will play on turf again during districts at Mount Tahoma High School.
"I love Mount Tahoma," Dopps said. "That's my favorite place to play because the turf is great. We have a lot of speed up front and to be able to take advantage of that is great."
The Wolves hope to do that after they dropped to second in the Narrows League with ties against Central Kitsap, Gig Harbor and Stadium during the regular season. They were the only team to beat Bellarmine Prep and go undefeated in the league.
"We want to go into state first in our league," Cain said. "That's our goal."
Narrows League Tournament
Wednesday at Silverdale Stadium
South Kitsap 4, Shelton 0
First half: 1, South Kitsap, Riley Dopps (Kelsey Callaghan), 26th minute; 2, South Kitsap, Brita Oleson (Stacy Smith), 29th; 3, South Kitsap, Christina Boddie (Callaghan), 38th.
Second half: 4, South Kitsap, Kailey Lyman (Boddie), 49th.