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Garcia boots Sequim
Senior striker nets four goals in teams 5-3 victory.
Franco Garcia appeared a hydroplane amongst rowboats at waterlogged Memorial Stadium Tuesday night, motoring through Sequims defense for not one, two nor three, but rather four goals in Bremertons 5-3 victory against the Wolves.
Garcias scoring splash brought his team-high goal tally to nine, but more importantly, cannonballed the Knights (3-5 overall, 2-3 league) to an important Olympic League victory.
This helps us out a lot, Garcia said of the win. (Sequims) a pretty good team.
With three Bremerton starters out of the lineup on academic probation, Garcia one of the teams three captains assumed control early in the game, netting three of his goals in the first half.
We had a couple starters with grade problems, Garcia said after the game. We played hard. My teammates followed through.
The Knights trailed 1-0 after Sequims Kai Antrim scored seven minutes in, but Garcias foot woke up a minute later as he found the back of the net in the eighth minute, evening the score 1-1.
He scored again at the 12-minute mark and a third time in the 23rd minute, and a Jordan Sather goal between the two in the 15th minute helped the Knights to a commanding 4-1 halftime lead, effectively putting the game on ice.
Garcias scoring barrage continued on a 60th-minute goal, putting BHS ahead 5-1, before coach Randy Lund substituted him out.
Hes just fun to watch, Lund said of Garcia, who also was the Knights leading scorer last season. He can turn on a dime, hes got a nose for the goal.
Sequims defense slowed in part by the slick turf simply was not fast enough to run with Garcia, who slipped through the Wolves last line of defense on numerous occasions.
We found their weakness, Garcia said. We beat them up top and my teammates found me.
Capitalizing on nearly every scoring opportunity he had, Garcia only misfired a few times.
Hes good with the ball at his feet, Lund said of Garcias ability to create shots. And he can finish.
Lund cited the play of his midfielders, who solidified the middle part of the field, as the key to opening the door for Garcia and the other forwards.
We won the middle-third of the field, he said. We counterattacked and got the ball.
But if Bremerton hopes to hang with the Olympic League elite, it will need production from players other than Garcia. At 2-3 in league play heading into Thursdays game against Klahowya results were not available at press time the Knights hung near the middle of the Olympic League pack.
Its a big win, cause Sequim is an Olympic League team, Lund said of Tuesdays win, adding that the team needed the big-time win after dropping a March 18 overtime heartbreaker to Olympic (5-0 league).
Sequim (3-2-1 overall, 3-2 league) got late goals from Keller Batson and John Textor, crawling to within 5-3, but it wasnt enough.
The Knights are home today at 1:45 p.m. against 4A North Kitsap, then host North Mason at 6:45 p.m. Tuesday.