Black Hills 1, North Kitsap 0
(Tumwater, WA) The North Kitsap Vikings and Black Hills Wolves met on SAT Saturday which meant no Seniors were available and despite that both schools wanted to play the match as it was unlikely they could reschedule it for another day.
Both teams came in with solid records, NK 4-2-1 and 3-2 in Olympic League action and Black Hills 3-0 in Evco 2A play and 7-1 overall. The match was played under gray skies and a little rain shower prior to the match but once play began it was dry.
Both teams battled back and forth in the first 15-minutes with the best chance coming from the Wolves Megan Lowe who broke free and drew the Vikings keeper Annika Vadset out and she forwarded a pass to Rylee Flahout but it was just a bit too far in front and it rolled out of play.
The Wolves got two more chances in the next couple of minutes with Sydney Lowe and Bella Brown both launching shots at Vadset but both times she was able to catch both shots to keep the match scoreless.
The Vikings would get their best chance in the 1st half on a free kick from just outside the box. Audrey Zinn fired it in high but the Wolves Freshman keeper Devin Herbert punched the ball up and then grabbed the rebound, had she not Maia St. Peter was right there waiting to knock it in.
Black Hills then had 2 big opportunities inside of the 35th minute including their own free kick from just outside the box but Jewell Bender just missed going to the upper far corner. Bella Brown then fired in a deep shot that hit underneath the cross bar with the ball bouncing straight down but did not cross the goal line and Vadset grabbed the loose ball. The two teams would go to halftime scoreless.
Early in the 2nd Vadset makes another great save off the 1st corner kick 0f the match and the defense continued to dominate on both sides.
It would remain a back and forth affair until the 62nd minute when the Wolves broke through with a goal from Jordyn Bender. Bender took advantage of a poor clearance and went far post as Vadset came out to challenge and hit the shot for the 1-0 lead.
North Kitsap did pick up their offensive pressure and put pressure on the Wolves backline and keeper but they held up and secured the win. The Wolves improve to 8-1 overall while the Vikings drop to 4-3-1. Our Tommy Lowe of the Greene Realty Group Players of the Game went to both keepers who were outstanding, Devin Herbert of Black Hills and Annika Vadset for North Kitsap. Our ProActive Physical Therapy Play of the Game went to Jordyn Bender’s unassisted game winning goal.