South wins indoor soccer league

South Kitsap’s Samantha Godfrey and Olympic’s Brittany Borja battle for control Wednesday, Aug. 14, at the Olympic Soccer and Sports Center in Bremerton’s Pendergast Regional Park. The Wolves won 11-3. - Photo by Rogerick Anas
South Kitsap’s Samantha Godfrey and Olympic’s Brittany Borja battle for control Wednesday, Aug. 14, at the Olympic Soccer and Sports Center in Bremerton’s Pendergast Regional Park. The Wolves won 11-3.
— image credit: Photo by Rogerick Anas

While the girls prep soccer season doesn’t begin for another two weeks, players from various Narrows League Bridge Division teams got a taste of what they’ll face during the regular season this summer.

The Olympic Soccer and Sports Center in Bremerton’s Pendergast Regional Park played host to the indoor summer high school league, which concluded Wednesday with South Kitsap’s first-place clinching 11-3 win against Olympic.

Stephanie Milne led SK’s attack with six goals and Alex Michael added two goals.

Single goals were scored by Samantha Godfrey, Naomi Burt, and Laura Kruzner.

Olympic got goals from Sarah Pedroza, Cassie Pugh and Brittany Borja.

Though the league didn’t hold a championship game, SK finished the season with 20 points, one point better than Central Kitsap and North Kitsap.

Olympic finished fourth.

Junior Nicole Schoonover said the summer league was a great opportunity to play with players that will be her new teammates at SK.

“This (league) allows you to see how they’re working together before we get into the high school season,” Schoonover said. “Everyone already feels comfortable with each other.”

Olympic’s Ashley Cook wasn’t discouraged by the 11-3 score.

She said the high school indoor league gave her a crystal ball into the upcoming season and she likes what she sees.

“I got to see a lot of underclassmen come up and we were just building as a team and becoming one,” Cook said. “I’m totally psyched for the season.”

While Cook played with players mostly off last year’s junior varsity roster, Cook said she got a nice feel for the team as a whole in a game prior to the loss to SK.

A handful of varsity players weren’t on hand against SK, but they did play in a 13-2 rout against Klahowya.

“More girls showed up for that game and we did really well against Klahowya,” Cook said.

Sarah Burt, who will be one of only a few seniors on SK’s team this year, was in charge of getting players together to play this summer and always had plenty to work with.

Burt said it was an advantage being able to play with as many different players as possible.

“It was great to get everyone together and see what we’re doing,” Burt said. “I think it’s more getting to know them better than actually playing together because we pretty much just pick up pretty quickly playing with each other.”

With the anticipation of new SK girls coach Eric Bergeson, Burt and Schoonover agreed playing in the indoor soccer league will be helpful.

Bergeson, who has coached the boys soccer team for five years, is famous for his conditioning drills called “Bergie time.”

“I’m nervous about that,” Burt said. “But in indoor there’s a lot more running than you think. This definitely gets you ready for the heat because it’s an oven in (the indoor facility).”

Schoonover said indoor soccer is beneficial in more ways than one.

Besides conditioning, the rotating positions may prove to be crucial to earning a spot on varsity.

“There are some people competing for the same positions,” she said. “But in indoor you’re not stuck in just one position. When it comes time for high school, everyone is more familiar with the different spots. That’s makes for more flexibility.”

Cook also praised the indoor experience, saying there’s “Lots of endurance and cardiovascular workout. (First week of practice) won’t be as bad as it usually would be. This (indoor) gets you to be more aggressive and play as a team.”

Schoonover said another advantage she saw with playing in the indoor league was the improved play of the team.

“Most people are on their own (select) teams but because (indoor) is smaller with five (against five) people get more touches on the ball and you get a good workout,” she said. “It enhances some of the skills that you don’t get to work on with 11 people on the field. There’s better communication in a smaller area.”

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