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Cougs hope to win short-handed battle with NK

Central Kitsap’s Jordan King battles for possession of the ball against a Lincoln player in CK’s 8-2 Narrows League tourney win on Tuesday. - Photo by Jesse Beals
Central Kitsap’s Jordan King battles for possession of the ball against a Lincoln player in CK’s 8-2 Narrows League tourney win on Tuesday.
— image credit: Photo by Jesse Beals

What began as an up-and-down Narrows League tournament for the Central Kitsap girls soccer team just took another interesting turn.

CK began the tourney with a dominant 8-2 win against Lincoln Tuesday at home. But in a rematch with Stadium Wednesday, which CK fell against 2-1 last week, the Tigers again ruled the day. Stadium topped CK 2-0 at Stadium Bowl.

Now, the Cougars will take on North Kitsap at 11:30 a.m. this morning, also at Stadium Bowl in Tacoma.

After topping Lincoln, CK girls soccer coach Vicky Webb said her team just wanted to make it through that game healthy.

“Our goal was to work on the things we needed to work on and keep ourselves healthy,” Webb said. “We reminded each other of what we wanted to do. We had to play our game regardless of the competition. We talked about that.”

CK ended up blowing the Abes out thanks to Brandi Hamre’s two-goal, two-assist effort. Hannah Orando scored once and dished out two assists, while Hannah Anderson added two goals.

“You have to win the first one,” Webb said. “You don’t need to be thinking ahead.”

And while matching up with Lincoln was nice, Hamre said the team had to avoid bad habits and injuries.

“That’s the hard thing,” Hamre said. “Don’t get hurt. Be smart, be calm and work on things.”

But today’s game takes a new twist. CK will be without starting goalkeeper Ellen Boyd, who will be taking her ACTs. North Kitsap also will be without four starters because of the test.

That means the loser-out game could be anyone’s.

But Webb is confident her team can find a way.

“They recognize that we are a pretty talented team,” Webb said of her players. “The score doesn’t always show how the game went. You don’t always seen that when you see the win-loss-tie column.”

And with a lot of postseason experience on the roster, Hamre said the team could go as far as any CK has had.

“I know the whole team is feeling that way,” she said. “This is one of the years we can do that.”

Klahowya

The Klahowya girls soccer team had a great week, topping both North Mason and Sequim by 3-0 counts.

In Tuesday’s win against the Bulldogs, Ruthie Hawley got scoring started with a first-half goal in the game’s 23rd minute.

Sierra Cook then continued her stellar season, scoring twice in the second half as Kazandra Holliday earned the shutout.

Against the Wolves on Thursday, the Eagles locked up one of two 2A district playoff berths, blanking Sequim 3-0 at home.

This time, it was all Cook as the senior scored a hat trick. Cook now has 23 goals on the season.

The Eagles travel to Kingston at 3:30 p.m. on Monday. A win would lock up the Olympic League 2A title for Klahowya. Kingston shocked the Eagles on Sept. 11, winning 3-2 in a game at Silverdale Stadium.

Olympic

The Oly girls soccer team closed out the regular season with a 3-0 shutout against Peninsula on Tuesday.

Liz Curry led the way with two goals while assisting on another as the 3A Olympic League champions finished undefeated in league play for the second year in a row.

The Trojans finished 13-2-0 overall this season, 10-0-0 in league.

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