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Ouch! Troy's hurtin'
Steve Haggerty admitted that his Olympic High School girls soccer team had just been shut out by visiting Port Angeles because it was undermanned.What Haggerty wasn't happy about was that the Trojans had seemed so undermotivated.You've still got to go out and play, Haggerty said after Tuesday's 4-0 Narrows League Bridge Division loss to the Roughriders at rainy Silverdale Stadium. Sure, we're hurtin' right now. But we weren't mentally ready to play today, and that's disappointing. We're capable of playing much better.Port Angeles led 3-0 at halftime against a Trojan team riddled by injuries and other absences. Oly gave up the back-breaker less than two minutes after the halftime break.We talked about how we had to go back out and play hard, Haggerty said, shaking his head, and they come out and score in the first minute.You can say it's early, Haggerty added, referring to the race for Narrows League postseason tournament spots, but those losses mount up on you. We don't have the Sequims and Port Townsends we had on our schedule last year, when the Trojans won the Olympic League championship.In other words, no rest for the weary. And injured. And just plain beaten up.Right now, our most valuable player is (OHS athletic trainer) Scott Peck, Haggerty said. I got here for practice yesterday and we had five players who weren't in the training room. He's booked solid in there.Things were bad when Tuesday's game started, and they got worse. Forward Emily Tracy, the Trojans' scoring leader last year and so far this season, couldn't answer the second-half bell after aggravating an abdominal muscle injury suffered in a Select league game the previous weekend.Just 1 minute, 5 seconds after the whistle, Lindsay Sather scored her second goal of the game and the depleted Trojans were down by four goals.The operative word was Ouch.Sather also got PA's first goal early in the opening half, running onto a through ball from Liz Money, challenging Oly goalkeeper Erin Shafer to come far off her line and then skidding a shot under the sliding Shafer at the 7:07 mark.Mandy Wood added two goals before halftime, first heading in Cass Hoff's corner kick and then picking off a botched clearing attempt and chipping the ball over Shafer's head.Haggerty said his team's MASH-unit status played havoc on two levels. There was the short-handedness of starting the game with 13 varsity players, one of them a visibly uncomfortable Tracy. Then there was the necessity of plugging the healthy players into spots on the field where they don't normally play. Oly has been without an average of three or four starters for much of the season, welcoming one player back through the revolving injury door just as another limps out.It's played havoc with the continuity, as evidenced by Troy's inability to generate any pressure on the PA goal, where Julia Cheney earned an easy shutout. The Olympic League's top goal-producing team last year mustered just one shot, and that wasn't until late in the second half when freshman Kristin Laird pumped one from long range that sailed well wide.We had people at different positions, and it's hard for them to understand what to do, Haggerty said. Olympic 1, North Kitsap 0: The Trojans waited less than a minute to score in Thursday's game at Silverdale Stadium, then made the one notch stand up the rest of the way to improve their division mark to 3-2. Lauren Haas got the goal on a dual assist from Kristin Laird and Ali Armstrong.Senior Tiffany Jess made her season debut in goal for the Trojans after missing eight games for medical reasons and was credited with the shutout.