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Bucs, Vikes earn State berths | Boys soccer
POULSBO — The Kingston Buccaneers and North Kitsap Vikings are both celebrating their performances during the West Central District tournament May 11.
The Bucs and Vikes both won their District games, advancing to the 2A State Soccer Tournament. The tournament begins May 15.
The Vikings will play the first round of the tournament at North Kitsap Stadium against Bellingham at 6 p.m.
The Bucs play Ridgefield at 5 p.m., May 11, at Ridgeview Highschool. In the second day of Districts, the Vikings defeated Fife 3-1 at Silverdale Stadium for the No. 2 seed to State. North Kitsap's Brady Sparrow started things off early with a goal in the second minute.
Fife quickly tied the game up in the ninth with a goal.
It wasn't until the 63rd minute in the second half that the Vikings would score the winning goal. Off an assist from Sparrow, team captain Daniel Norberg scored. Sparrow would earn another assist in the 75th minute, passing to Nathan Foster for the Vikings' third goal — and the final of the game.
Though he wasn't expected to have the game winning assist, North Kitsap head coach Greg St. Peter said he "did a heck of a job."
The Vikings now turn their focus to the Bellingham Red Raiders.
"They're definitely going to be strong," St. Peter said.
The Red Raiders lost their first game of the season May 11 to Archbishop Murphy. The team tied once this season as well.
The Vikings will treat the State game just like any other, St. Peter said. Though the Vikings could have some "mental battles," St. Peter doesn't think the Red Raiders' record will be much of a factor. The Vikings are 15-0-0-2 this season. St. Peter said the team's two losses are as were as much self-defeats, and could have been avoided.
The same day the Vikings play the Red Raiders, the Bucs will be trying to overcome the Ridgefield High School Spudders.
The Bucs defeated Evergreen 3-0 May 11 at Silverdale Stadium. The winning goal was the first, when Kingston's Alex Newton scored in the ninth minute.
Following Newton's goal, Kingston's Ross Burk scored in the 14th minute from an assist by Simon Campo. A goal assisted by Burk one minute later put the Bucs up 3-0.
"The boys earned it," Kingston head coach Craig Smith said.
The Bucs' next opponent, the Spudders, finished the season 11-0-1-3. The Spudders defeated Hockinson to be the Greater St. Helens League 2A District champions.
The winner of the North Kitsap/Bellingham game go on to play the winner of the Kingston/Ridgefield game May 18.