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Unbeaten Klahowya lady kickers soak BHS
BREMERTON — Entering Tuesday’s waterlogged game against Bremerton, the Klahowya girls soccer team had allowed one goal all season.
The Lady Eagles allowed twice that amount under the rain and lights at Bremerton Memorial Stadium in Olympic League action, but it didn’t matter because the team continued its steady scoring rate to slip out a 4-2 victory and remain undefeated.
“It was a good game, it was a good, hard-fought game,” said KSS coach Troy Oelschlager. “We took advantage of our scoring opportunities a little more than Bremerton did.”
Jordan Dixon put Klahowya (6-0-1 overall, 4-0-1 league) ahead in the 30th minute, the lone score of the first half, and the Lady Eagles answered a Bremerton (1-5-0, 0-4-0) goal early in the second half with three of their own to build a 4-1 lead before allowing a late goal, in the 77th minute.
Courtney Lewandowski (55th minute), Carlie Whetsel (66th) and Acaia Cook (75th) scored for the Lady Eagles, who have outscored their opponents 21-3 through seven games. The team faced Port Angeles yesterday, but results from that match were unavailable at press time.
“We’re pretty excited with where we’re at right now, we just want to keep it moving,” Oelschlager said.
Bremerton’s two goals came as somewhat of a surprise to both Oelschlager and first-year Lady Knights coach Colette Lyons, whose team has struggled recently to find the back of the net.
Lyons’ team had managed just two goals in its past three games, two of them shutouts.
“We finally scored, so that’s a plus,” Lyons said of the strikes, both of which came off the foot of Julie Belden. “We haven’t been scoring. I’ve changed it up on defense and offense, but they just can’t finish. So finally tonight they gave us two goals, which was nice.”
For the Lady Eagles, who were tied atop the Class 3A/2A Olympic League standings with Kingston entering yesterday’s action, the goal is to continue the momentum while improving on the back line.
Oelschlager would like to see his defense control the ball, work it up the field and generate more attack rather than clear the ball out and lose possession, a tendency he said the defense has reverted to at times.
“There’s always room for improvement,” Oelschlager said. “We’re still not as confident in the back as I’d like us to be.”
Jalyn Halstead scored in the 4th minute to propel the Lady Trojans (4-2-1, 2-0-1) past Kingston Tuesday. With the win, Oly moved into a tie with North Kitsap for the top 3A spot in the combined 3A/2A Olympic League.
Senior goalkeeper Darrien Dorr has registered four shutouts, allowing just five goals on the season. But Oly is averaging less than one goal per game over the past three games.
The faced North Mason yesterday, but results from that game were unavailable at press time.
Oly and KSS square off at 6:45 p.m. Tuesday at Silverdale Stadium.
After a 2-1 setback to perennial power Bellarmine Prep last week, the Lady Cougars (5-2-1, 2-1-1) rebounded with a 1-0 victory of Wilson Tuesday.
CK has used solid defense through the first part of the season, allowing six goals in eight games while scoring 19.
The team faced undefeated South Kitsap (6-0-0, 4-0-0) on the road yesterday, but results from that game were unavailable at press time.