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Girls soccer: Bucs eye third seed in sub-districts
KINGSTON — Craig Smith, Kingston High School girls soccer head coach, considered the game against the Port Angeles Roughriders Thursday a playoff game.
A victory over Port Angeles would put the Bucs one game ahead of the Roughriders and fourth in the Olympic League.
The Bucs (3-3-1) is on the cusp of earning the third-place seed into sub-districts and a win over the Roughriders would help secure that. The Bucs defeated the Roughriders 1-0 in a preseason game.
With a third place seed, the Bucs would host their opponent in sub-districts instead of traveling to play a potentially more difficult team. The sub-district teams have yet to be decided.
“We have a good shot at winning that,” Smith said of the Buc’s chances of winning sub-districts at home.
The sub-district tournament is scheduled for Nov. 2, which will determine seeding in the District Tournament on Nov. 5. The 2A State Tournament begins on Nov. 8.
In the five years of the program, the Bucs have not gone to State.
Along with needing to take the win over the Roughriders Thursday, Smith said he will be hoping the North Kitsap Vikings defeat them as well — the Vikings are second in the league and play the Roughriders Oct. 25. Two losses in a row will boost the Bucs up the league standings and secure a top seed.
Does the team have a shot at going to State?
“I don’t know,” Smith said. “It’s the best chance we’ve had in this program’s existence … By far our best chance.
“We have to continue to take the underdog role and never give up.”
Smith said the team has played “more intelligent” with the ball and improved its possession game. The team, he said, is able to defend well and now learning more of counterattacks. Being able to string passes together well has become another aspect of the Bucs’ game.
Senior varsity goalie Sara Nash said the team has connected passes well this season and is beginning to shoot more on goal — one of the team’s goals for the rest of the season. The Bucs need to attack more on goal was shown during Tuesday’s game against Port Townsend, when the Bucs won at home 6-1.
This season, Smith said players such as Nash continue to play as one of the top goalies in the League. He said Brooke Tschida has led the defense and shuts out some of the best players in the League. And Kristi Mellum stepped up when Tschida was unable to play against North Mason and has since broadened her abilities. Other players who show their potential on the field are Rebecca Tafte, who is one of the team's top scorers, and Jennifer Reitan — a play maker who is "tough as nails."
The team’s defense, Nash said, is always solid.
“We just need to keep our head in it and realize every game is so important,” Nash said.
Olympic League standings
Bremerton 5-1-1 16 points
Klaowya 5-1-0 15
North Kitsap 4-1-1 13
Port Angeles 3-1-2 11
Kingston 3-3-1 10
Olympic 2-2-3 9
Port Townsend 2-5-0 6
Sequim 1-5-0 3
North Mason 0-5-0 0