Sports

Krache's OT goal lifts Eagles over PT

"At one point late in Tuesday's Olympic League soccer game between Klahowya and Port Townsend, the Eagles' Brett Krache turned to the sideline and told coach Troy Oelschlager, I'm not even gonna shoot any more.It's a good thing for Klahowya that Krache evidently changed his mind.The senior forward's goal in the fourth minute of overtime lifted the Eagles to a crucial 3-2 victory over Townsend, the only other Class 2A entrant in the league and, thus, the only team standing between the Eags and a postseason playoff berth.That's the one team we need to make sure we come out ahead of in the standings, Oelschlager said between sighs of relief.Because of the playoff implications, a loss to Port Townsend - a team that came into the game with a modest 1-6 record - would've been disastrous. And disaster stared the Eagles in the face a couple of times Tuesday, first when PT took a surprise first-half lead on Fraser Rotchford's breakaway goal, again when the visitors tied the game at 2 all with 12 minutes left to play.But catastrophe was averted when Krache ran onto Brandon Milovich's nifty through ball in the 84th minute, dribbled several times as he ran towards Townsend goalie Matt Cronin and finally fired from 14 yards, beating Cronin to the left post.It was Krache's 13th shot of the game, but it was anything but unlucky.Oelschlager pointed out that Krache seemed rushed on his earlier shots - one of which hit the goalpost just minutes before Brian Blevins scored Port Townsend's equalizer at the 68-minute mark.He was shooting a lot, and he was getting frustrated, Oelschlager said of his senior team leader. He asked me what he could be doing different, and I suggested maybe laying it off to his teammates. He had been automatically turning and want-ing to shoot.On the winning goal, though, Oelschlager said, He came through on that one. He showed a lot of poise and patience.While the Eagles maintained the upper hand over Port Townsend with the victory, they didn't do anything to improve a season-long malaise.We haven't walked off the field smiling yet this year, Oelschlager said. We've managed to squeeze out a few wins, but we haven't been playing all that well. There's not a lot of movement off the ball, which means we're not creating many options for the person with the ball.All season, in general - and Tuesday in particular - that led to way too much long-ball offense for Oelschlager's taste.The Eagles scored on consecutive shots to take a 2-1 halftime lead. Ali Kilisli notched the first when his 18-yard shot rolled under the hands of a nonchalant Ben Richardson, and Milovich rocketed a 20-yarder two minutes later that snapped back Richardson's fingers on its way under the crossbar."

We encourage an open exchange of ideas on this story's topic, but we ask you to follow our guidelines for respecting community standards. Personal attacks, inappropriate language, and off-topic comments may be removed, and comment privileges revoked, per our Terms of Use. Please see our FAQ if you have questions or concerns about using Facebook to comment.
blog comments powered by Disqus

Read the Nov 21
Green Edition

Browse the print edition page by page, including stories and ads.

Browse the archives.

Friends to Follow

View All Updates