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Playoffs slipping away from lady kickers
Colette Lyons summed up her team’s performance Tuesday in one breath.
“Very frustrating,” the Bremerton girls soccer coach said following a 2-0 loss to Olympic in Olympic League action at Silverdale Stadium. “They wanted it more than we did.”
With their playoff hopes hanging in the balance, the Lady Knights (5-7-0 overall, 4-6-0 league) failed to duplicate the performance of last week’s impressive 6-1 victory over Port Angeles, with whom they are vying for the third and final Class 3A playoff spot out of the combined 3A/2A Olympic League.
Both Lyons and Olympic coach Steve Haggerty called it a “sloppy” game, citing shoddy passing, missed scoring opportunities and a lack of intensity from both teams, due in part to kickoff being three-plus hours earlier than the usual 6:45 p.m. start time.
“When teams are out of their routine ... the intensity isn’t there for these 3:30 p.m. games,” Haggerty said. “It wasn’t until about the last 15 minutes of the first half that we started playing well.”
“Both ways, it was kind of a scrappy, sloppy game. Neither team played very well,” Lyons said. “If one team plays down to a lower level, then the other team just drops and plays to that lower level as well.”
But it was the Lady Trojans who were able to overcome the miscues, holding BHS scoreless to give goalkeeper Darrien Dorr her 10th shutout of the season and eighth in nine games.
Olympic (9-3-2, 7-1-2) took a 1-0 lead in the 32nd minute when Micaylla O’Leary assisted Lauren Brewer, who snuck behind the defense and slipped a low shot into the left corner of the net past goalkeeper Kristy Wood.
Neither team scored again until the 77th minute, when Teresa Morrell secured possession deep in BHS territory and fed the ball from the sideline to the middle to Raelynn Masters, who was in front of the goal to deliver a line drive shot that went through the hands of Wood.
“She went to a 50-50 ball that, most of the time, the other team is going to win,” Haggerty said of Morrell’s setup. “But she won the ball, created something, saw that she ran her angle and just put it across for Raelynn to finish.”
Lyons has said since the beginning of the season her goal is to get BHS back to the playoffs — the team advanced to the postseason last season for the first time in about two decades — and finish third or better amongst 3A teams in the Olympic League.
Those aspirations are still a possibility, but the loss to Olympic makes the task at hand as difficult as ever.
PA (6-6-1, 4-5-1), which concludes the regular season Oct. 27 against Olympic, leads BHS by one point in the league standings (13 to 12) with one game to play, meaning BHS needs either a tie or victory in its own season finale, also Oct. 27, against North Kitsap to stay alive.
A win against NK (10-1-2, 9-0-1), which defeated BHS 3-0 Sept. 24, coupled with a PA tie or loss against Olympic, would catapult the Lady Knights into third place and the playoffs. But in remaining undefeated in league play through 10 games, NK has outscored its opponents 49-16.
“We’re pretty much out of it,” Lyons said.