Pair of Knights, Warriors earn honors

Bremerton defender Jennifer Smalley tries to knock the ball away from North Kitsap’s Sally Pryde. Smalley was part of a Knight defense that led the team’s turnaround. - Photo by Jesse Beals
Bremerton defender Jennifer Smalley tries to knock the ball away from North Kitsap’s Sally Pryde. Smalley was part of a Knight defense that led the team’s turnaround.
— image credit: Photo by Jesse Beals

Soccer season provided plenty of thrills in Bremerton this fall, both for the BHS Knights and the King’s West Warriors. A young, resurgent Knights squad made leaps and bounds toward being a true player in the Bridge Division while the Warriors overcame some hiccups at the season’s start to finish second in the SeaTac League and host a quad-district playoff game.

Bremerton welcomed back coach Lance McCoy from a two-year absence and McCoy earned Bridge Division coach of the year honors as selected by his fellow coaches in leading the Knights to a 5-9-2 record, a huge improvement from a 1-14-1 performance in 2004. Probably the most impressive stat for the Knights was 34 goals allowed compared to 93 a year ago, while scoring more than doubled (from six goals to 15). Bremerton’s defensive turnaround was anchored by honorable mention pick Jenn Smalley where leading scorer Naomi Abad joins her.

King’s West placed seniors Meredith Johnson and Erin Ferderer on the honorable mention list following a season that saw them drop their non-conference games and a couple league contests early before rebounding to take the SeaTac League by storm and shoot up to a second-place finish that earned them a home playoff game at Silverdale Stadium. The Warriors’ season ended there at the hands of eventual state champion Seattle Academy.

The All-Kitsap County Girls Soccer Team is determined by the Kitsap News Group sports writers. The Central Kitsap Reporter, Port Orchard Independent, North Kitsap Herald, Bremerton Patriot and Bainbridge Island Review have collaborated to compile the All-Kitsap teams for volleyball, girls soccer and football. The teams include the best players from area schools who not only performed well individually, but played a role in the success of their team as well. Football will be announced on Saturday, Dec. 3.

All-Kitsap County Girls Soccer Team

F — Brandi Hamre, Central Kitsap — Arguably the Narrows League’s best offensive player. Just a sophomore, Hamre led the county with 17 goals and 14 assists, totaling 48 points for the Cougars.

F — Cassie Brown, South Kitsap — Led the Wolves in scoring with 11 goals and seven assists. The speedy tri-captain can move the ball around nicely and can be pretty tough when she needs too. Already signed with Southeast Missouri State.

F — Shannon White, Olympic — While she didn’t pack the same scoring punch as teammate Liz Curry, White still scored seven goals while adding four assists, including a pair of goals after she experienced some knee problems.

MF — Alissa Russell, Central Kitsap — Russell was a key part of the CK attack, selflessly helping create more opportunities for her teammates than for herself. That’s not to say she didn’t find the back of the net plenty this year. Russell, using crafty footwork and precision passing, scored 11 goals and dished out 11 assists for 33 points.

MF — Erin Carpenter, South Kitsap — Always in the middle of everything, the senior was solid and consistent, scoring eight goals while adding five assists for 21 total points. Her physical style of play opened the way for others to score.

MF — Stephanie Skelly, North Kitsap — North’s fast and feisty field general, Skelly served as the holding midfielder for the Vikings until she was lost midway through the season due to an injury.

D — Santerra Holler, South Kitsap — The defensive captain of the Bridge Division’s best defense. Her vocal presence and physical play along with her leadership propelled the Wolves to the top of the division. Notched eight points offensively.

D — Alana MacWhorter, Bainbridge — The co-captain and emotional leader of the team was one of the keys in a defense that allowed an average of one goal per game.

D — Amanda Clark, KSS — A junior captain who was instrumental in helping the

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