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Cougars fall to Stadium
The Central Kitsap soccer team battled injuries throughout the season and still managed to finish second in the Narrows League Bridge Division.
The good fortune ran out Saturday, though, as the Cougars lost 3-0 to Stadium in Tacoma.
Stadium is a really good team, CK coach Charles Frohman said. They deserved to win.
CK (8-4-4) trailed 1-0 entering halftime after Raphael Cox scored in the 34th minute to give the Tigers a 1-0 advantage.
Stadium goalie Jordan Jennings didnt face much of a challenge as the Tigers claimed the Narrows Leagues No. 3 seed entering the West Central District Tournament.
It didnt help that CK was missing goalie Trevor Lange, who doubles as a forward, with a broken foot and forward Francisco Carresquero. The latter decided to focus on preparing for the upcoming tennis playoffs.
Were missing our forwards, Frohman said.
But after watching the Cougars win without a full lineup during the regular season, Frohman expects his team to find a way to win when it faces the No. 4 team from the South Puget Sound League on Saturday at Sumner Stadium.
Its tough to recreate the offense at this point in the season, but were going to have to find a way to get more offense, Frohman said.
The Cougars performance at the Stadium Bowl left Kyle Stroh, CKs lone remaining natural forward, disgusted.
It was pretty bad, he said. I dont think we put a lot of effort into it and we came out pretty flat.
Stroh acknowledged that not having Carresquero and Lange played into the Cougars poor performance.
It affects us a lot, he said. Were playing people who dont normally play there and it messed with team chemistry.
The team needs to emphasize one area in practice this week to help alleviate the problem, according to Stroh.
I think well definitely have to work on our passing, he said.
Even though Cameron Valentine and Anthony Owens added goals for the Tigers in the second half, Stroh said he isnt worried about the CK defense or goalie Trever McKenna.
I think they put a lot of pressure on (McKenna), Stroh said. Not that he wasnt ready for it.
There also were other variables involved Saturday including a heavy rainfall that drenched the turf at the Stadium Bowl.
It couldve (been a factor), but its hard to say, Frohman said. The ball was slipping a lot.
It also didnt help to play on their home field.
Stadium had a little advantage because it was their home field, he said.
Because of injuries and the game remaining within reach, Frohman couldnt accomplish all of his objectives.
I was going to play more people because it wasnt a loser-out game, he said. Basically, it was just a seeding game.
The Cougars wont have that advantage Saturday. The winner will advance to state as the No. 8 seed out of the West Central District, while the losers season ends.
Sumner, like Stadium, has an artificial surface. Stroh said he doesnt know how much that experience will benefit the team, but he believes playing the Tigers helped his team.
Any team we play over there well learn something, he said. All their players are really good.
Regardless of the result, Frohman said hes proud of his team.
Its still been a good season, he said. We have one more game to go and well wait and see how that turns out.