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BHS’ other footballers make marks

Bremerton forward Francisco Garcia gave opposing defenses more than most could handle en route to a team-high 12 goals and four assists for the Knights this season. - Photo by Shaun Scott
Bremerton forward Francisco Garcia gave opposing defenses more than most could handle en route to a team-high 12 goals and four assists for the Knights this season.
— image credit: Photo by Shaun Scott

2007 was an up-and-down season for the Knights, as Bremerton went just 6-10 on the pitch this season. But that doesn’t mean they’re not well represented on the All-Kitsap County Boys Soccer Team, with team leaders Francisco Garcia and Donald Rollman earning honors.

With the Knights finishing just two points behind Port Angeles for the third and final playoff spot out of the 3A Olympic League, the postseason was still beyond reach. But the Knights should be ready to build on 2007 next season.

The All-Kitsap County teams are compiled by the sports writers for the Bainbridge Island Review, the Bremerton Patriot, the Central Kitsap Reporter, the North Kitsap Herald and the Port Orchard Independent. Candidates for the team are nominated by the writers for their respective areas. The nominees are then voted on by the writers, with the leading recipients making the teams. Two honorable mentions are selected from each school for each sport. The teams include the best players from area schools that not only performed well individually, but played a role in the success of their team as well.

All-Kitsap County

Boys Soccer Team

• F - Francisco Garcia, Bremerton - Garcia led the Knights in scoring this season, finding the back of the net 12 times and adding four assists.

“Total energy,” is the way coach Lyle Miller describes him. “He never gives up. There’s no quit in that kid.”

Garcia also seems to have a nose for the ball, finding opportunities in front of the net. “He’s one smart shooter,” Miller adds.

“He doesn’t try to kick the ball 100 miles an hour all the time. More often than not, it was his finesse that got it in the net.”

• F - Zach Sampson, North Kitsap - Sampson’s blazing speed at the Vikings right forward position put a considerable amount of pressure on every left defender in the Narrows League. Despite being double teamed most games, Sampson finished with a team-high nine goals and five assists for North.

• F - Cody Clark, Olympic - In his junior season, Clark shook off last year’s health woes en route to a team-best 17 goals. Clark’s speed made him an offensive asset for the Trojans, helping lead the team back into the postseason before bowing out at districts. But Clark was more than just a scorer, dishing out six assists on the season.

• MF - Kyle Schoales, South Kitsap - Schoales scored a team-high eight goals and added four assists to help the Wolves finish second in the Narrows League. Schoales was steady on both sides of the field, as the Wolves only were shutout once in league play.

• MF - David Meherg, Olympic - A senior, Meherg helped lead Oly to the brink of the Olympic League title, finishing just a half-game back of Peninsula. Meherg had a great offensive game in the middle, scoring 11 goals with four assists, but was also a stalwart defender, never afraid to use his size to make a challenge.

• MF - Lee Pendt, Central Kitsap - Pendt was again among CK’s scoring leaders yet again this season, helping lead the team to the Narrows League tournament before a shootout ended their season a game shy of districts. Pendt will be back to help the Cougars try to make the push back into the postseason.

• MF - Donald Rollman, Bremerton - Rollman was the leader in assists for Bremerton, aiding on seven goals, but he also punched in six on his own.

“He plays with a lot of maturity,” coach Lyle Miller said. “He has a lot of touch on the ball.”

Rollman was something of a surprise for the Knights returning to the soccer team after playing baseball last year.

“I was glad to have him back,” Miller said. “I think he was surprised by how much he’d matured as a player.”

• D - Alex May, South Kitsap - Regarded as the team’s best defender by coach Eric Bergeson, May helped South keep scores low. The Wolves allowed more than two goals in a match just once in the regular season and also shutout three opponents.

• D - Derek Conway-Newton, Olympic - Conway-Newton was the glue that held Olympic’s defense together, never afraid to mark up with a potentially faster or more athletic forward. In addition, he still managed to score twice with an assist. Only a sophomore this season, Conway-Newton should continue to lead the Trojans next season.

• D - Colin Barry, Central Kitsap - Barry was another strong presence on the field for CK, often shutting down opponents’ attacks but also turning them into opportunities for the Cougar offense. Barry, a junior like Pendt, should help CK continue to grow as the Cougs lose just four seniors.

• GK - Alex Boldt, Bainbridge - This senior was at the forefront of a resurgent Spartan soccer team, guiding the defense and making big stops when needed. He registered four shutouts on the year against the top competition in the Metro League as Bainbridge finished third in the Metro League tournament. 

• Coach of the year - Steve Haggerty, Olympic - In the team’s first year in the Olympic League, the Trojans only ran into one problem: Peninsula. Had it not been for Oly’s two losses to the Seahawks, the Trojans would have been undefeated in league play, and as always, the tenured Oly coach Haggerty played a key part in that success. Also the girls coach, Haggerty helped that squad to an undefeated league title. But next year could try Haggerty’s abilities even more, as the Trojans graduate nine from this season’s boys team.

Honorable

mention

• D - David Skeels, King’s West - Assistant coach Phil Fernandes called Skeels “one of the greatest defensive players in King’s West history.” Skeels was a starter all four years for the Warriors. In his final game, Skeels moved to midfield during the second overtime and minutes later booted the winning goal.

• F - Justin Fellis, Bremerton - A four-year letterman for the Knights, Fellis was a top producer in the offense. Fellis provided non-stop energy, and helped keep the team motivated when the going got tough.

• GK - Doug Hein, King’s West - Hein was one of the top goalies in the Sea-Tac League, giving up an average of two goals a game. A three-year letter winner, he tended goal the last two years and spent a good portion of this season helping train younger keepers.

• D - Richie Danskin, Bremerton - Danskin wasn’t accustomed to defense coming into this season, but filled a vital role in the Knights’ backfield.

“The reluctant hero,” said coach Lyle Miller. “He couldn’t see himself playing defense, but he really stepped in and did the job. The kids really relied on him a lot. He saved a lot of bacon back there.”

Also: MF - Dylan Tucker-Ganges, Bainbridge; GK - Devin Langaker, North Kitsap; MF - Kevin Anglada, Olympic; MF - Chase Park, Central Kitsap; F - Darryn Reinertson, Klahowya; MF - Bryan Everson, South Kitsap; D - Max Aussendorf, Bainbridge; D - Sam Mouser, North Kitsap; MF - Arturo Urquieta, Olympic; GK - Zach Pendt, Central Kitsap; MF - Pedro Cerquiera, Klahowya.

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