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Bremerton soccer brings speed, skill to 2007 season

Bremerton’s Michelle Dubrall blasts a shot forcing a South Kitsap defender to shy away from the ball in Tuesday’s 2-1 loss to the Wolves in non-league action.  - Photo by James Mange
Bremerton’s Michelle Dubrall blasts a shot forcing a South Kitsap defender to shy away from the ball in Tuesday’s 2-1 loss to the Wolves in non-league action.
— image credit: Photo by James Mange

With eight returners earning some form of all-league honors last season, this looks to be a banner year for Bremerton girls soccer.

“We have a very solid team this year,” coach Lance McCoy said. “We are a combination of skill mixed with team speed. The Lady Knights are a passing team that will stretch defenses out of their comfort zones.”

Leading the blitz is Jacki Hill, one of the senior tri-captains. Hill is a prolific scorer with great speed who could break the school record for career scoring this season. She was the runner-up in Olympic League voting for MVP last season and along with her fellow captains, Jennifer Smalley and Naomi Abad, was a member of the All-Olympic League first team. Hill is a forward, while Abad plays mid-field and Smalley is a sweeper.

Two members of the All-Oly League second team return, Kelsey Johnson (junior, defender) and Hannah McCoy (junior, midfield). Three honorable mention award winners add more strength in Luci Bockelie (senior, goaltender), Michelle Dubrall (senor, defender) and Vanessa Friday (junior, midfield).

“We have a team motto of, ‘As One,’ that helps keep prospective when venturing on to any game field,” McCoy said.

McCoy is beginning his third year in his most recent go-round as coach of the Lady Knights after he was the Olympic League Coach of the Year last season when the team went 11-4-0 in league play.

“The girls are capable of an Olympic League title and beyond, and this is our goal,” he said. “As usual, Olympic and Peninsula will serve notice that the road to the playoffs will be met with stiff competition.”

Bremerton (1-1-1) dropped a tough non-league match with South Kitsap Tuesday, 2-1. Bockelie was strong in the goal, making 12 saves in the game. Junior forward Samantha Supit scored an opportunistic goal in the 42nd minute after the SK goalkeeper misplayed a ball for the Lady Knights’ lone tally.

The Lady Knights played to a 2-2 tie with North Kitsap Sept. 6. The Vikings scored first on a header off an indirect free kick, but Hill evened the score with a penalty kick goal ten minutes later. Bremerton took the lead on a goal from junior forward Crystal Truemper after she stole a Viking pass deep in the North Kitsap zone.

Bremerton plays a critical league match with Olympic on Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. at Silverdale Stadium.

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