Perfection on the pitch

Olympic’s Derek Conway-Newton wasn’t afraid to challenge opponents physically. - File photo by Aaron Managhan
Olympic’s Derek Conway-Newton wasn’t afraid to challenge opponents physically.
— image credit: File photo by Aaron Managhan

The pitch was busy in Kitsap again this spring.

Olympic finished a half-game back of the Olympic League title, getting knocked out a game shy of state.

Central Kitsap also enjoyed a strong year, but fell in a narrow shootout to come within a game of a district berth.

And while Klahowya didn’t find a win this season, the Eagles’ youth should gain from the experience next season.

Regardless of how the teams finished the season, all three had individuals that demonstrated the strength of Kitsap soccer.

The All-Kitsap County teams are compiled by the sports writers for the Bainbridge Island Review, the Bremerton Patriot, the Central Kitsap Reporter, the North Kitsap Herald and the Port Orchard Independent. Candidates for the team are nominated by the writers for their respective areas. The nominees are then voted on by the writers, with the leading recipients making the teams. Two honorable mentions are selected from each school for each sport. The teams include the best players from area schools that not only performed well individually, but played a role in the success of their team as well.

All-Kitsap County

Boys Soccer Team

• F - Francisco Garcia, Bremerton - Garcia led the Knights in scoring this season, finding the back of the net 12 times and adding four assists.

• F - Zach Sampson, North Kitsap - Sampson’s blazing speed at the Vikings right forward position put a considerable amount of pressure on every left defender in the Narrows League. Despite being double-teamed most games, Sampson finished with a team-high nine goals and five assists for North.

• F - Cody Clark, Olympic - In his junior season, Clark shook off last year’s health woes en route to a team-best 17 goals. Clark’s speed made him an offensive asset for the Trojans, helping lead the team back into the postseason before bowing out at districts. But Clark was more than just a scorer, dishing out six assists on the season.

• MF - Kyle Schoales, South Kitsap - Schoales scored a team-high eight goals and added four assists to help the Wolves finish second in the Narrows League. Schoales was steady on both sides of the field, as the Wolves only were shutout once in league play.

• MF - David Meherg, Olympic - A senior, Meherg helped lead Oly to the brink of the Olympic League title, finishing just a half-game back of Peninsula. Meherg had a great offensive game in the middle, scoring 11 goals with four assists, but was also a stalwart defender, never afraid to use his size to make a challenge.

• MF - Lee Pendt, Central Kitsap - Pendt was among CK’s scoring leaders yet again this season, helping lead the team to the Narrows League tournament before a shootout ended their season a game shy of districts. Pendt will be back to help the Cougars try to make the push back into the postseason.

• MF - Donald Rollman, Bremerton - Rollman was the leader in assists for Bremerton, aiding on seven goals, but he also punched in six on his own. Rollman was something of a surprise for the Knights returning to the soccer team after playing baseball last year.

• D - Alex May, South Kitsap - Regarded as the team’s best defender by coach Eric Bergeson, May helped South keep scores low. The Wolves allowed more than two goals in a match just once in the regular season and also shutout three opponents.

• D - Derek Conway-Newton, Olympic - Conway-Newton was the glue that held Olympic’s defense together, never afraid to mark up with a potentially faster or more athletic forward. In addition, he still managed to score twice with an assist. Only a sophomore this season, Conway-Newton should continue to lead the Trojans next season.

• D - Colin Barry, Central Kitsap - Barry was another strong presence on the field for CK, often shutting down opponents’ attacks but also turning them into opportunities for the Cougar offense. Barry, a junior like Pendt, should help CK continue to grow as the Cougs lose just four seniors.

• GK - Alex Boldt, Bainbridge - This senior was at the forefront of a resurgent Spartan soccer team, guiding the defense and making big stops when needed. He registered four shutouts on the year against the top competition in the Metro League as Bainbridge finished third in the Metro League tournament. 

• Coach of the year - Steve Haggerty, Olympic - In the team’s first year in the Olympic League, the Trojans only ran into one problem: Peninsula. Had it not been for Oly’s two losses to the Seahawks, the Trojans would have been undefeated in league play, and as always, the tenured Oly coach Haggerty played a key part in that success. Also the girls coach, Haggerty helped that squad to an undefeated league title. But next year could try Haggerty’s abilities even more, as the Trojans graduate nine from this season’s boys team.

Honorable mention

• MF - Dylan Tucker-Ganges, Bainbridge - This junior, despite missing half of the season to play with his select team, was the main playmaker for the Spartans, scoring five goals and three assists on the year. 

• GK - Devin Langaker, North Kitsap - The steady junior pitched three shutouts in the always competitive Narrows League. Langaker’s lanky arms and cat quick reflexes were responsible for countless deflections and saves throughout the year in goal.

• MF - Kevin Anglada, Olympic - While not always the most graceful on the field, Anglada was still able to throw his size around in the midfield with the best of ’em, scoring six goals and dishing out seven assists on the season.

• MF - Chase Park, Central Kitsap - Park was one of the Cougs’ four seniors and helped anchor a solid midfield that was the strength of CK’s offense. With a young core of mids returning, Park’s example was one to learn from in 2007.

• F - Darryn Reinertson, Klahowya - The Eagles’ junior was the team’s most dominant player, scoring five goals with an assist, half of Klahowya’s overall offensive production this season.

• D - David Skeels, King’s West - Assistant coach Phil Fernandes called Skeels “one of the greatest defensive players in King’s West history.” Skeels was a starter all four years for the Warriors. In his final game, Skeels moved to midfield during the second overtime and minutes later booted the winning goal.

• F - Justin Fellis, Bremerton - A four-year letterman for the Knights, Fellis was a top producer in the offense.

• MF - Bryan Everson, South Kitsap - Scored six goals and had two assists and helped the Wolves limited opponents to 14 goals in 11 league matches.

• D - Max Aussendorf, Bainbridge - This senior was a big part of the Spartan defense this season, marking some of the best players in the Metro League and keeping them from dominating the game. He also registered three assists on the season.  

• D - Sam Mouser, North Kitsap - Despite being one of the Vikings best defensive players, Mouser also scored two goals and finished with three assists. Mouser’s extensive knowledge and natural instincts on the field served North well in the backfield.

• MF - Arturo Urquieta, Olympic - With seven goals and two assists as a junior, Urquieta will be the one Trojans will rely on to replace the production of seniors like Meherg on the pitch next season.

• GK - Zach Pendt, Central Kitsap - Pendt, the twin brother of Lee, was stellar in the goal for CK, allowing a second-lowest 19 goals in the Narrows League this season while recording two shutouts.

• MF - Pedro Cerquiera, Klahowya - The Eagle midfielder was part of Klahowya’s youthful core that should improve leaps and bounds following a winless 2007 season. Cerquiera scored two goals and had two assists.

• GK - Doug Hein, King’s West - Hein was one of the top goalies in the Sea-Tac League, giving up an average of two goals a game. A three-year letter winner, he tended goal the last two years and spent a good portion of this season helping train younger keepers.

• D - Richie Danskin, Bremerton - Danskin wasn’t accustomed to defense coming into this season, but filled a vital role in the Knights’ backfield.

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