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North Kitsap ends soccer season (and win streak) with loss to Glacier Peak
POULSBO – Matt Turley and his teammates on the North Kitsap High boys soccer team didn’t know what it felt like to lose at home.
Now they do, after a season-ending loss to the Glacier Peak Grizzlies Tuesday night.
Turley, a junior, was still in junior high along with his sophomore and senior teammates in 2007, the last time the Vikings lost at North Kitsap Stadium. The 29-game streak came to a halt after Tuesday’s state tournament match. The Grizzlies (16-5-0) dominated possession all night to take a 2-0 victory and move on in the tournament.
“They outplayed us,” Turley said of the team from Snohomish.
The Vikings (14-2-2), who were used to outshooting their opponents this season, had just seven shots – most of which were not on frame – compared to Glacier Peak’s 16 shots.
“They were the better team tonight, for sure,” Viking Head Coach Chris May said. “They were quicker to the ball, quicker on transition. At every opportunity, they closed down the middle. Our midfield just got overrun by those guys. There’s no weak parts to that team.”
Grizzly forward Robin Hryciuk scored first, in the 24th minute. After North Kitsap defender Billy Gieri was called for a foul at the top of the penalty box, Glacier Peak’s Brian Holguin took a free kick that slammed straight into a North Kitsap wall. But Glacier Peak’s Jackson Miller picked the ball up near the end line and crossed it to Hryciuk, who was waiting to knock it in from six yards out.
“We just didn’t bring the energy in the first half,” May said. “You get down a goal to a team like that, it’s tough to come back.”
The Grizzlies continued to keep the Vikings on their heels for the rest of the first half and on into the second. The offensive pressure came to a head again in the 62nd minute, when Miller and teammate Shane Miller beat the defense and forced North Kitsap keeper Jordan Hadden out of position. Jackson Miller put it in from the top of the goal box.
The Vikings head into the offseason on a low note, but they’re not forgetting the season’s highs. Tuesday’s game was the team’s second state playoff appearance in as many years.
“You can’t kick about the season,” May said. “These guys have played their hearts out this year.”
North will lose a handful of starting seniors next year, but much of the team’s core is its juniors and sophomores.
“We’ll definitely be back next year, going for state,” Turley said.