6-6 Port Townsend
2-9 North Mason
Sends Sequim Home Early 2-0
It’s All Over!
beat-up and tired Sequim team chose a bad time to have an average
game as the Kennedy Lancers ended the Wolves season with a 2-0
victory at Highline Stadium in Burien.
A deflected free kick and a failed clear of a corner kick
gave the Lancers a 2-0 lead after 25 minutes.
The Wolves, after dominating the first 10 minutes,
couldn’t quite get it going again despite all-out effort in the
second half. An
apparent tying goal, 5 minutes after the Lancers first goal, was
disallowed because of a “hand” ball.
This might have changed the whole complexion of the game
but ahh, not to be.
Playing frantic catch-up, the
Wolves got out of their control game and you know the rest.
It’s hard to write good stuff after a tough loss.
Thanks for a great season,
Win Play-Off Thriller 2-1 in Penalties
Large Again in PK Victory over Franklin Pierce
a week off, it took the Wolves a whole 40 minutes to remember how
to play well. Franklin
Pierce, the SeaMount’s Pierce Division 4th place team
took the Wolves deep into penalty kicks Tuesday at the Cardinals
home field in Tacoma, before the Wolves were able to leave with a
Cardinals scored first, 8 minutes in, when Josh Strong ended up
with the ball on the left side after Sequim was unlucky in
attempting to clear a long throw-in.
He made no mistake, hammering it past Kyle McKenzie low and
to his left. The
Wolves were lucky to escape at halftime only down by one, as
Franklin Pierce was unable to convert a couple of nice chances.
The second half was a different story as the Wolves
dominated completely. Mario
Servin played out of his mind with a series of dazzling runs
midway through the half. The
best one ended up with the ball in the back of the net, leveling
the score. Beginning
arguably the best sequence of the year, Servin started an attack
with a run on the left near midfield.
Juking one defender, Mario sent the ball central to Elliot
Watson who settled it and carried it to the right.
Joe Quan seeing the play develop, swept right on a corner
run. Watson saw him
and pushed a lovely ball over to the right corner.
Quan, in stride, launched a beautiful driving cross toward
striker Evan Still. Still
one-touched a sweet nudge on to a streaking Servin who had headed
goalward after his initial pass to Watson.
Mario completed the goal with a right-footed blast while
sprinting full speed! Oh Yes!!
Sequim also dominated the two overtime periods, nearly
getting the “Golden Goal” right off the bat as Evan Still put
a long Quan cross right over the top.
The PK’s were dramatic as Sequim nearly gave it away.
Quan started and made it.
FP converted also, 1-1.
Kyle Schoessler then hit the crossbar (his 1st
miss all year) and Mac stopped a FP laser, 1-1.
Evan Still then hit the side post (his first miss
all year) and FP converted, 1-2.
Luke Apple then drilled one but FP responded, 2-3.
Cody Sandell then bent some hardware deep in the goal with
a rocket and FP went wide with their chance at victory, 3-3.
Servin, after being convinced by his teammates, sent a
wicked left footer to the back of the net with added emphasis!
FP also converted, 4-4.
Vann Brasher, who had been unreliable from the mark earlier
in the year, made believers out of skeptics with a deceptive
strike and a 5-4 lead. The
Cardinals then went home when the crossbar denied them a chance to
Avenge Only League Loss 2-1
Looms Large in PK Win
a play-off tune up match played at neutral Sumner H.S., Sequim
avenged an early season 3-1 loss to Steilacoom with an overtime
penalty kick shoot-out win. The
game began with the Wolves giving a clinic on possession soccer
with plenty of quality chances.
At one point, a Steilacoom player said “Guys, there
passing around us like we’re cones!” Mario Servin had an apparent goal off a corner kick that
was kept out by a well-hidden handball from the near post
Steilacoom defender. Steilacoom
was limited to only a few chances, coming mainly on counter
attacks that Kyle McKenzie and the Defense had total control of.
Each team had a goal in the second half with Luke Apple
getting a pure hussle goal that was classic Apple.
Not to be denied, Luke pushed through the left side and
just as everyone thought the keeper would get to it first Apple
beat him to it and knocked it into the back of the net.
Steilacoom’s Brandon Beeks tied the game with 10 minutes
remaining on a nice 1-2 worked with fellow All-League forward Sean
In the shoot-out, Joe Quan, Apple, Evan Still and Kyle
Schoessler all beat Steilacoom’s “All-League” Keeper.
At the other end, McKenzie stuffed Grisham for the second
time (Mac stopped a PK of Grisham’s in the first meeting), and
midfielder Matt Moulten put his kick wide to give Sequim the
Goal Beats Eagles in Wind
Plays Tough, Wolves Survive in OT
Still finally found the back of the net in double overtime to give
Sequim a hard-earned 1-0 victory over a stubborn Klahowya Eagle
team. In windy
conditions on the concrete surface of Silverdale Stadium, Cody
Sandell sent in a looping free kick from 35 yards out that Luke
Apple ran onto. Apple
flicked a head at it and sent it to the far post where Still had
set up camp. Still,
snakebit since the Civil War it seemed, neatly drove it home past
some big tall Goalkeeper. Klahowya,
in its final home match, played their guts out and outshot the
Wolves 20-12. Aided
by the wind in the first half, the Eagles had nice chances in the
15th, 25th and 32nd minute.
Kyle McKenzie snuffed out all the chances and the score
lodged at 0-0 at the half. The
Wolves had the 2nd half wind but were unable to close
the game out in regulation, setting up Still’s heroics.
Complete Sweep of Pt. Townsend 3-0
Third Victory Over Redskins
May 1, 2003
3-0 score wasn't true to the domination that Sequim showed over a
game Pt. Townsend team Thursday night. Pt.
Townsend had only a handful of decent opportunities as the Sequim
defense led by Bill Stansberry, Per Berg and Joe Quan bottled up
All-League Gus Grefthen with a cork. Cody
Sandell opened the scoring with a crafty little chip over
"All-League" Keeper Casey Glaubman. Sequim
ended up scoring 7 goals in 2 games on Glaubman, while McKenzie
gave up nil. Hmmm...... Makes
you wonder what the other coaches were watching.
Elliot Watson scored in the second half along with Kyle
Schoessler for the Wolves and McKenzie kept the Skins at bay for
Lasso Cowboys, 5-1
Headline Way Overdue
April 29, 2003
Goalkeeper Kyle McKenzie held the Cowboys scoreless for 65 minutes, then
scored a goal as a field player with five minutes left as the Wolves
dumped Chimacum Tuesday night. Luke
Apple opened the scoring 11 minutes into the game with a breakaway goal
after receiving a lovely feed from Cody Sandell.
Sandell added his second assist 6 minutes later when he touched a
Joe Quan cross back to Vann Brasher who beat Cowboy keeper Dylan Hendy
high and left.
Mario Servin then went to work
befuddling the Chimacum defenders with moves before sending a sweet chip
through to a streaking Apple. Apple
made no mistake with the feed and Sequim was up 3-0.
The second half opened with more Wolf pressure and 9 minutes after
the whistle, Evan Still found Sandell on the left side.
Sandell finished sharply into the right corner, 4-0.
Brian Lippert replaced McKenzie in goal with 15 minutes to go and
was forced to make a couple of sliding saves due to lethargic Sequim
defending. The Cowboys were
able to get one back on a nice combination between Josh Brown and Robbie
Andrus. Brown lofted a
35-yard free kick that Andrus ran onto and headed home from the left side
of the penalty box.
Finitzer Account For 6 Goals
April 24, 2003
Wolves scored early and often as Sophomore Casey Nagler scored 4
goals and Matt Finitzer added a pair as Sequim pounded an
overwhelmed North Mason side.
Noah Brasher, Luke Apple, Cody Sandell and Joe Quan also
Pair Lead Sequim Over Redskins
Goals Assisted by Brasher in 4-0 Rout of Port Townsend
Schoessler scored two gems on assists from Vann Brasher as Sequim rolled
over a young Pt. Townsend team on the Rainshadow Grounds in Sequim
Saturday. Schoessler, who had to to come off the bench after missing
practice "helping his mom clean the house", scored on a lovely
one-timer off a cross from the right from Brasher in the 48th minute and
again 3 minutes later with a dynamite header off a Brasher corner.
Kyle's mom Teri said, " That little liar, he never helped me one bit
with the house work. But he's not starting anyway so go ahead and
don't start him, Dave."
Luke Apple opened the scoring 4 minutes in after receiving a beautiful
feed up the middle from Evan Still. Apple took the ball at about the
30, bumped hard with Townsend defender Brock Isaac as they ran side by
side and Apple let go a low left footer from the 10 into the right corner
past Casey Glaubman.
The Redskins had a chance to pull within 2 in the 62nd minute when Gus
Geftlen broke down the left side and let go a bullet that beat Kyle
McKenzie to his left. The ball bounced off the post and was cleared
away by Morgan Carl.
Matt Finitzer finished the scoring with a hard blast from the left in the
72nd minute. The Finitzer blast completed a darling sequence
begining with a lurch up the left from Brian Lippert who touched it in to
Carl at the PT 18. Carl slipped it in to space on the left and Fin
ran on to it and left no doubt on the finish.
Tally All Goals As Sequim Pounds Eagles
Late, Great Saves by McKenzie Keep 4-0 Shut-out Intact
Seniors Cody Sandell, Tony Walla, Elliot Watson and Luke Apple scored a
goal apiece as Sequim dominated Klahowya 4-0. After a freak thunder,
lightning and rainstorm moved through, the Wolves gave a little thunder
and lightning to the young Eagles by pounding goalkeeper Justin Wick with
32 shots. At one point Klahowya sophomore sweeper Elias Cook shouted
"How are we going to mark these guys?" as the Wolves came in
waves to the Eagle net.
Sandell opened the scoring at 26:00 with a low, hard blast from the 20
into the lower left corner. Set up on a lovely drop from Matt
Finitzer, Sandell wasn't to be denied. Kyle Schoessler started the
play with a cross from the right side that Joe Quan neatly dummied and
Finitzer was able to spot an unmarked Sandell lurking at the 20.
The unlikely duo of Bill Stansberry and Tony Walla combined for the second
goal right before halftime. Stansberry took a ball from the right
side of his own end and sprinted up the side with it. Seeing nothing
but space, he carried it into Eagle territory. As defenders
converged on him, he fed the ball through to the left as Walla burst
through. Walla finished it past Wick in the lower left corner.
The 2nd half was more Sequim power as Brian Lippert sent in a cross from
the left at 42:00. Wick got a hand on the cross but Watson was there
to poke in the loose ball and Sequim was in control 3-0. Vann
Brasher started the attack that led to the 4th goal, driving the ball up
the middle and finding an open Watson on the right. Watson delivered
a peach of a ball through the Klahowya defense to Apple who neatly
finished it in the right corner.
The Wolves then put it in cruise mode and forgot to play good
defense. A long shot from Thoreau Tiknis got redirected in front of
the Sequim goal, forcing Kyle McKenzie to make an outstanding reaction
save to his right. 3 minutes later a blown clearance from Morgan
Carl led to a 1 vs. 1 breakaway from near midfield. McKenzie sized
up the onrushing attacker, came out perfectly and stuffed the ball in his
midsection, preserving the shut-out.
Deals First League Defeat to Wolves, 3-1
Game Leaves Wolves Licking Wounds
Steilacoom Sentinels came to Sequim to battle the Wolves in a match-up
of Nisqually League undefeateds. The same two teams were co-Nisqually
League Champions last year and both only lost 3 seniors. Both 5-0
teams were primed and ready to go on a drizzly night in the rainshadow.
From the opening whistle, the game had the intensity of a play-off game.
Both teams had chances in the first 20 minutes with the Wolves
controlling most of the play. The Sentinel defense stood tough,
blocking shots by Elliot Watson and Vann Brasher. The Sentinels
cracked the ice first when Brandon Beeks broke free down the left side
and finished off a weird squirting deflection after Sequim Goalie Kyle
McKenzie made the original save. The Wolves came back with renewed
vigor and finally got the equalizer with 3 minutes left in the
half. Brasher's low driving corner kick was mis-played by the
defense and snuck in past the near post. Right before the halftime
whistle, Sequim defender Per Berg brought down a Steilacoom attacker in
the penalty box and the Sentinels were poised to walk off with a 2-1
halftime lead. But Kyle Mac came up huge with a lunge to the right
stuffing Sophomore sensation Sean Grisham.
The second half opened with the Wolves sitting back a bit and Grisham
made amends for his PK failure with a wonderful streaking header.
The ball was lifted from the right side and Grisham met it in stride and
put it past onrushing McKenzie. Sequim tried to turn it up and had
excellent opportunities to tie it from Kyle Schoessler on a diving
header, Evan Still and Matt Finitzer on a scramble in front and Brasher
on a cross from Berg. Grisham added his 2nd goal of the night with
2 minutes left when a Sequim clearance got deflected backwards and set
him free on the left side and he tucked it past McKenzie.
Wolves Hang On, Defeat Chimacum 5-2
Shots, 5 Goals Against Improved Cowboys
Vann Brasher knocked in 2 second half
goals to complete a sloppy victory over a game Chimacum team at HJ Carroll
Park Thursday afternoon. Cody Sandell opened the scoring after many
missed opportunities with a nice finish of an Elliot Watson feed.
Evan Still started the play coming up the middle and finding a slashing
Watson at the Chimacum 25. Watson slipped the ball through to
Sandell at the 18 who tucked in to Goalie Dylan Hendy's left.
Chimacum's All-World basketball star Robbie Andrus knotted the score on a
wind-aided curling corner kick from the left side that befuddled Sequim's
fill-in Goalkeeper Brian Lippert. Sequim re-gained the lead on a
Tony Walla goal. Walla gathered in a long cross from the right by
Sandell at the left side of the penalty area and took it inside.
Unable to get a drop off to an approaching Vann Brasher, Walla shrugged
his shoulders and knocked in a right-footed blast. The Cowboys tied
it minutes later as a lofting ball into Sequim's penalty area was unable
to be cleared by Bill Stansberry and Joe Quan. Andrus got inside and
poked the lose ball toward goal. Josh Brown gathered in the deflection and
pushed it past Lippert.
The second half was all Sequim as the overmatched Cowboys started to
fade. A sprinting Walla got a head on a wicked cross from Luke Apple
5 minutes in. Hendy made the initial save, but Vann Brasher was
there to knock in the rebound. Quan led the next charge with a foray
down the right side. Cutting in from the side, he slid the ball
across to Brasher who slotted it in the right corner from the 18.
Substitute Casey Nagler finished the scoring after Allen Ohmert blasted a
header at Hendy off a Brasher corner. Nagler cleaned up the rebound
and Sequim moved to a 6-1 over-all record, 5-0 in league.
Go Into Spring Break Atop Nisqually
Cruisers Latest Victim 5-1
different Wolves plus an Eatonville player scored goals for Sequim as
the boys Soccer team pummeled the Cruisers 5-1. Heading into
Spring break, the Wolves sit atop the Olympic Division of the Nisqually
League with a 4-0 record.
The Cruisers opened the scoring after Elliot Watson failed to clear a
ball in the Sequim penalty area. The resultant deflection ended up
on Eatonville's David Hamilton's right boot with an unimpeded track to
the goal. He placed it to Kyle McKenzie's left and into the back
of the net and the Cruisers were up 1-0. Some fans speculated
Watson was upset and tried to kick it at an Eatonville player which led
to the turn-over. Anyway, the Wolves had given up their first goal
in League play and had to dig out of a hole. Watching from the
press booth, Brian Berg said that for the next 30 minutes the Wolves
played, "some of the best soccer I've seen in a while".
Coming in waves and with purpose, Joe Quan received a ball at the
Eatonville 30 and cut hard to the goal. He was laid out by an
Eatonville defender as he entered the penalty box and referee Cam Corey
pointed to the Spot. Evan Still converted the PK and the game was
knotted 1-1. Substitute Tony Walla then started a drive up the
right side, delivered a give'n'go to Elliot Watson and then nudged it
through to a sprinting Luke Apple who buried it. Cody Sandell
started the next attack, delivering an express package to Mario Servin
in the left corner. Servin tracked it down and sent it on to the
wild one, Kyle Kautzman. Wild then settled it, and put a guided
roller past the Keeper and barely into the far right corner and the half
ended with Sequim up 3-1.
Matt Finitzer headed in a weird over the shoulder kick from Kautzman 10
minutes into the second half and Sequim led 4-1. Sequim continued
the pressure, outshooting the Cruisers 19-9. The Wolves had good
chances from Vann Brasher, Casey Nagler, Joe Quan and Elliot
Watson. Eatonville tried to head clear a Sequim corner kick late
in the game and it ended up in their own goal. Final, Sequim 5,
Falls to Sequim in Penalty Kicks
Play Fails to Derail the Wolves
Foster Bulldogs nearly toppled the Wolves by tugging, tripping and
popping their way into a PK shoot-out at Foster Stadium in
Tukwila. Sequim dominated the game but not the scoreboard, as
regulation time ended in a 0-0 tie. Foster, fielding a
multi-ethnic European mix of gritty, experienced players, gave the
Wolves a face full of hard-nosed soccer. Sequim was up to the task
and nearly ended it in the 2nd overtime period when a Matt Finitzer
cross from the left ended up on Luke Apple's head. Apple saw
nothing but clear net and drove the ball a bit too much right and nearly
bent the rght goalpost in half. The scramble with the rebound was
nudged wide by Joe Quan.
In the shoot-out, Matt Finitzer was first for Sequim. Unstoppable
in practice, Fin put the ball wide right. Adis Sehovic then buried
Foster's first to the left of Keeper Kyle McKenzie, Sequim 0-1.
Evan Still put the Wolves on the scoreboard with a blast that keeper
Darko Slugic couldn't contain. Sasha Alic then drove the ball over
the top and things were tied, 1-1. Cody Sandell mirrored Still
with a drive through Slugic, Sequim 2-1. McKenzie then came up big
as Faruk Hajdarevic pounded one that Mac ate up. An emphatic spike
of the stone by McKenzie showed his feelings. Kyle Schoessler next
had the only clean PK bending the left side of the twine, Sequim
3-1. After Damir Alic put the second Foster PK in, Vann Brasher
had a chance to win it and calmly sent the ball to a diving Darko's
right. The Dark one came up with it and the 'Dogs were still
alive. "This one's for you #14" cried Jasmin Kasumovic
as he stepped up. Jasmin sent a rocket into low-orbit that
McKenzie may have touched on its collision course with the
crossbar. Kasumovic collapsed to his knees and the Wolf celebration
Grill Pirates 4-0
Treated to BBQ by Humbled Islanders
The Vashon Island Pirates provided a sweet BBQ dinner for the visiting
Wolves after being beaten by the Wolves 4-0. Sequim dominated the
game from the start with Cody Sandell getting the first goal at 19:00,
volleying in a lofted ball from striker Evan Still. Still held the
ball in the middle at about the 20 yd mark, waited for Sandell to open
up, then flipped a little lob that was one-timed into the back of the
net. Vann Brasher got free down the right side 5 minutes later and
drove a nice cross through the penalty area that Matt Finitzer caught on
the run with a left footed finish.
The second half saw 2 long range goals from the Wolves. Tony Walla
ran down an errant clear from the Pirates on the left side at about the
Vashon 40 yd line. Noting the keeper was out too far, Walla pushed
it forward to the 35 and lit up the sky with a neon laser that only
slowed down as it got caught in the back of the net. Mario Servin
worked a little magic 10 minutes later, dribbling the Pirate defenders
into shambles, mesmerizing the overmatched keeper, then lofting a 25 yd
left footer into the upper left corner.
The JV won 3-2 on goals from Casey Nagler, Corey Verdu and Kurt Ludke.
Dominate Bulldogs 5-0, Move to 2-1
Kyle Kautzman had 2 goals in the 2nd half as the Wolves rolled to a 5-0
win over the North Mason Bulldogs in Belfair Tuesday. Cody Sandell
opened the scoring 10 minutes into the game finishing an excellent cross
by Kyle Schoessler. Luke Apple dummied the cross and Sandell
snapped in the marker from about 6 yards out. Evan Still had the
lovliest goal of the night at the 18 minute mark, ripping a 20 yard
rocket into the upper left corner after Apple dropped the ball to him
from the 18. North Mason made Sequim Goalkeeper Kyle McKenzie work
a bit, firing 6 shots at him in the first half. The closest came
30 minutes in when a lofted shot from the 25 was pushed off the crossbar
by a grumpy McKenzie. A 2-0 halftime lead wasn't enough for Mac as
he chided his teammates for playing a weak 1st half.
The talk spurred the Wolves to work harder and Apple got his own goal at
51:00 on an assist up the middle from Vann Brasher. Brasher, who
was issued a yellow card later in the half for rough play, did a nice
job working with Still, Elliot Watson and Mario Servin controlling the
middle. Kautzman then went to work at 56:00 and 61:00, converting
a penalty kick after being hauled down in the box and finishing a
breakaway on a feed from Watson.
Rough Up Wolves 2-0
"I hate PA" was all a
disgruntled coach Dave Brasher could say after the Port Angeles
Roughrider soccer team had taken another victory away from Sequim at
Civic Field Monday night. A Sequim miscue right before halftime
gave PA a 1-0 lead that they would not relinquish.
PA with their patented long ball
counter-attack was able to defeat the Wolves despite a strong effort
from Oak Table Player of the Match, Joe Quan. The Wolves are
trying a new high volume attack which can lead to counter-attack
breakaways by a long-ball oriented team. Defending with 6 to 9
players, the Roughriders withstood the attack and handed out some nice
counterattack meat in the first half. Kyle McKenzie, Sequim
goalkeeper, stuffed PA's Matt Wahto on a breakaway 15 minutes into the
game, and bailed the Wolves out a couple other times. Sequim's
central defender Bill Stansberry had a bugger of a time with his footing
and found himself staring at a Roughrider backside more than once.
PA's 2nd goal 10 minutes in to the
second half came off a cracker of a shot from Swiss exchange student
Tobey Halgestond. McKenzie got a touch on it but not quite enough
as it hit the right post and deflected in. Sequim dominated the
last 10 minutes of the game, just missing a Luke Apple breakaway and a
Cody Sandell laser off a 25 yd penalty kick.
Thump Redskins 3-0
Luke Apple opened the scoring at the 10 minute mark and the Wolves
continued the attack for the rest of the game. The Wolves allowed
the young Redskin team 1 shot on goal and that was a penalty kick after
Vann Brasher had kicked a PT player in the Wolf penalty box. The
PK sailed wide and the shutout was preserved. Matt Finitzer and
Brasher rounded out the scoring, the later coming when Brasher banked
the ball off a Redskin defender into the net.
Port Townsend was playing without their stand-out goalkeeper, Casey
Glaubman, and freshman midfielder Keenan Johns.
2003 Season Preview
Coach: Jeff Wester
Record last year/place in league:
10-3-3, Co-Champions of Nisqually League, SeaMount 4th seed in Districts
Matt Finitzer (F)
11, Elliot Watson (MF) 12, Mario Servin (MF) 11, Bill Stansberry (D) 12, Joe Quan (D)
11, Vann Brasher (MF) 11, Luke Apple (F) 12, Per Berg (D) 10, Lance Scott (D)
11, Cody Sandell (MF) 12, Evan Still (F) 10, Brian Lippert (D) 12, Kyle
Schoessler (MF) 11, Kyle McKenzie (GK) 11
Top New Players:
Servin (MF) 10, Cory Wall (D) 11, Kyle Kautzman (F) 11, Casey Nagler (F) 10,
Morgan Carl (MF) 10
McKenzie 11 & Dustin Scott 12
What can fans expect from your squad this year?
This team will defend the Nisqually League Championship. The team this year will be attack oriented with non-stop energy.
With 9 returning starters, the major obstacle will be complacency.
The taste of the play-offs last year has the team hungry to go farther.
The bench will be nearly as talented as the starters.
Watson, Brasher, the Scotts, Berg, Carl, Apple, Sandell, Stansberry,
Still, Wall and Kautzman played together through the fall and hopefully honed
their chemistry. Lippert,
Finitzer, Servin, Schoessler and Kyle McKenzie, took the fall off but are
ready to go. Quan will fit right back in after playing with another team
in the fall. Casey
Verdu left for hopefully greener pastures in California and his energy will be
How will your team do against the rest of the league
this year? Big Rivals?
Key dates in the season?
After running through the Nisqually League for the first time last year, we know
the big games will be Steilacoom and Port Townsend. April 8 and 15, Port Townsend
and Steilacoom come to Sequim. There is also the rival game against Port
Angeles. The March 18 opener will be a big measure of where we are.
There are high expectations from myself as well as the players, but we
need to work extremely hard to meet those expectations.
The main task is to join the high talent level into a team with the right