If Knights can find some punch, they'll be a contender

Bremerton soccer coach Lance McCoy wasn’t discouraged by its 0-2 start in the Narrows League Bridge Division.

“We’re playing very well,” McCoy said after losing by idential 2-0 scores to Olympic and Port Angeles. “We’re just not getting the ball in the back of the net. I hate to say it, but that seems to be kind of a Bremerton tradition, not getting enough balls in the back of the net.”

McCoy thinks it’s just a matter of time.

“If we get a goal, I think the flood gates will open up. It’ll be like the burden’s off our back,” said the fourth-year coach. “We’ve got a good side. I just think we’re pressing too hard right now to get goals. I’m encouraging the team to relax a little bit and stay as focused as possible.”

If those flood gates open, McCoy thinks Danish exchange student Johan Weber will be among those lighting up the scoreboard.

“He could have five or six goals right now,” McCoy said. “He hasn’t converted some one-on-ones, but he’s still positive and upbeat. His work rate is real high.”

Bremerton, a possession-type team, held the ball most of the time at Port Angeles, but the scrappy Roughriders managed to put in a couple of goals in a game played in a driving rainstorm.

The Knights still think they’re good enough to grab one of the league’s four playoff spots.

“That’s the goal of the team,” McCoy said. “Once you get there, you never know what can happen.”

The Knights have been without Mark Mattson, a junior midfielder/forward who is the Knight’s fastest player, and junior stopper Nick Hamon. Mattson’s recovering from mono and Hamon underwent arthroscopic knee surgery.

“When we get them back we’ll be looking pretty good,” McCoy said.

Senior midfielder Aaron Baker, one of best in the area, and senior forward Tony Baker have started since their freshman year along with senior defenders Ben Tapscott and Logan Marsh. Junior defender Matt Donleycutt is another returning starter.

Mix in junior defenders Jesus Duque and TJ Perkins and McCoy thinks he’s got one of the best back lines around. Perkins, a sweeper, has been particularly impressive.

“He’s just flat-out exceptional,” McCoy said of Perkins. “He plays with a lot of confidence and a lot of intelligence. Nothing seems to rattle him.”

McCoy likes the chemistry on this team, which is captained by the Baker boys. They’re not brothers, but they’re best friends.

“Our guys all play hard for each other and like each other,” McCoy said. “We play well together as a team.”

Now, if they can just score some goals.

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