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Bucs, Vikes advance to State | Girls soccer
SILVERDALE — An early goal for the North Kitsap Vikings is all the soccer team needed Nov. 3 to defeat White River and advance to State.
From an assist by Abbie Wright, Colleen Mitchell scored a goal in the fourth minute of the playoff game at Silverdale Stadium. It's all the Vikings needed for a momentum boost.
"They came out ready to play," coach Chris May said. "They were clicking…"
The Vikings won 4-1 over White River, denying the team a shot at State. The win also guarantees a first-round State home game.
The Vikings prepare to face the Sehome Mariners, Nov. 6, at North Kitsap Stadium. The game begins at 7 p.m.
The Mariners got the No. 2 from the Northwest District Tournament into the 2A State tournament. The team lost to Squalicum 2-1 during the Northwest District Tournament, Nov. 3.
Though they lost in the District tournament, May knows to not take the Sehome team lightly. For starters, the Mariner's goal keeper is one of the best in the State, he said.
"They're going to be tough," he said.
Sehome, too, was 13-0 in the regular season. May said the Mariners had less than five goals scored on them during the season.
North Kitsap against White River
Final: NK 4, WR 1
First half — 1, NK, Mitchell (Wright), 4th; 2, NK, Reilly Brennan (Mitchell), 13th.
Second half — 3, NK, Wright, 53rd; 4, NK, Byers, 74th; 5, WR, 77th.
Kingston girls first to earn State berth
TACOMA — The Kingston Buccaneers girls soccer program earned its first berth into the State championships Nov. 3, defeating Franklin Pierce 4-2.
The Bucs now face the Sumner Spartans, the top team from the South Puget Sound League, in their first State appearance.
"It's like David and Goliath like never before," Kingston coach Craig Smith said.
The Bucs and Spartans will play Nov. 7 at Sunset Stadium.
The Spartans earned the No. 1 seed into the 2A State tournament, defeating Foster 10-0 Nov. 3.
The Bucs earned the No. 6 seed to the tournament with the win over Franklin Pierce.
Though the odds look against them on paper, the Bucs have turned their season around.
The Bucs have changed their style of play at least three times, Smith said. A focus on the counterattack has become a staple of the team's success.
Now, teams are "playing right into our strengths," Smith said.
Kingston's Rebecca Tafte, too, is on a hot-streak. Tafte earned a hat trick during the last two games. The hat trick against Franklin Pierce included the only two goals of the first half.
Kingston against Franklin Pierce
Final: KHS 4, FP 2
First half — 1, KHS, Tafte, 9th; 2, KHS, Tafte, 38th.
Second half — 3, KHS, Katie Keller (Reitan), 63rd; 4, FP, 68th; 5, FP, 73rd; 6, KHS, Tafte (Nash), 79th.