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Olympic League

              Wins  Losses Ties   Pts    GF  GA      

Bremerton (3A)

       9     1       1     28     41     11

North Kitsap (3A)

       9     1       1     28     27     6

Kingston (2A)

       10   1       1     31     34     4

Sequim (2A)        7     5       0     21     28     16

Olympic (3A)

       5     5       1     16     18     21

Port Angeles (3A)

       3     7       1     10     13     26

Pt Townsend (1A)

       2     8       1     7       22     30

North Mason (2A)

       3     9       0     9       23     59

Klahowya (2A)

       0     12     0     0         5     36
 

Red Raiders Gust Past Wolves 1-0

Sequim Fights Breeze, Bellingham But Comes Up Short

May 18, 2010 - North Kitsap Stadium, Poulsbo

 

  On the 30th anniversary of the Mt. St. Helens eruption (how's that for a start?) no ash fell but the wind blew and the Red Raiders from Bellingham knocked the Wolves out of the State tournament by a score of 1-0.   The Raiders were the better team on this day and played a great aggressive tight tackling game that got the best of the Wolves.  Jerry Azanza had a couple decent header opportunities off a free kick and a corner kick in the first half but couldn't convert.  The Raiders' goal came 2 minutes into the 2nd half  as the wind was with them.  Byron Boots had stopped a near identical breakaway a minute earlier but couldn't stop this one.  Boots came up big a few more times in the half to keep the score respectable and the Wolf defense contained the explosive Bellingham offense for the most part.  But it was Bellingham's day and as they showed they were the best 2A team in the State.  Losing to them only 1-0 showed that this was an excellent Sequim team - one that I was proud to be a part of. -- Dave Brasher

 

 

Wolves Earn Trip To State!!

Wolves Win Shoot-Out 4-2 as Boots Stuns Steilacoom With Stop after Near-Stop

May 15, 2010 - Franklin Pierce HS, Tacoma

 

  In the first minute of Saturday night's West Central District championship game, the Sentinels from Steilacoom (14-2) began what looked on paper to be a rout of the Wolves from Sequim (11-5).  A hard tackle from Sequim midfielder Zane Carey gave the Sentinels a free kick from near midfield.  The resulting free kick was launched deep and met by Tyler Spodobalski's head and a 1-0 lead.  Game over, right?! Nope.  4 minutes later, Nick Camporini latched on to a John Textor cross and fired it home - but wait, offsides and no goal.  On 14 minutes, Austin Sanford sent in a long free kick that Camporini latched on to and fired it home -but wait, offsides and no goal.  The Wolves were attacking and had the Sentinels on their heels.  The hard work paid off at the 18 minute mark as Coach Bill Batson was calling for a 3 for 1 trade.  Daniel Servin split the Steilacoom defense with a pass to Evan Watkins who finished low and left to finally get the equalizer, 1-1.  The Sentinels mounted a bit of pressure at 22 minutes as the Nisqually leading scorer, Sebastian Garnatz, ripped a long range shot just over.  But the Wolves kept coming and got the lead at the 25 minute mark off a Textor throw-in.  The throw from the right was flicked on by Waylon Lam over to Servin.  Daniel collected it with his back to the goal and slid a deft back-heel pass to Aldo Garcia on the left and Garcia buried it for a 2-1 advantage.  Garnatz had another long range effort sail over before the end of the first 40 minutes but Sequim had weathered the first minute nightmare and although 4 balls had been pulled out of the Steilacoom net were pleased that 2 were on the scoreboard.

  The second half opened with Servin slipping another ball in behind the Sentinel defense where Watkins collected it.  Evan sprinted with it, waiting for goalkeeper Max Torres to blink.  Torres won the battle as he stymied Watkins with a diving stop to his left.  Garnatz kept firing for Steilacoom but Byron Boots was sharp and thwarted his efforts at 58, 61, 67 and 72 minutes.  Meanwhile, Watkins missed a similar effort to the one earlier in the half on 54 minutes and Servin headed a corner kick over on 71 minutes.  The Sentinels kept battling, though, and got the equalizer with just under 5 minutes to play.  Defender Jordy Shearer's attempted clear deflected high off a Steilacoom attacker and as it came down, Spodobalski (isn't that a wine punch!??) was able to get a boot on it and knock it past Boots.  The Wolves tried, but were unable to get the winner in regulation as the game went into overtime.  As dejected as they were, Sequim had the better of both 5 minute extra periods, with Torres being called on big time as Watkins and Camporini had decent shots in the second OT.  So, on the game went to penalty kicks.

  Saul Flores opened for Sequim and went low and left side netting, 1-0.  Boots nearly saved the Sentinel's opener to his left, but he deflected it in 1-1.  Watkins then snaked up on his approach and ripped it high and back of the right net 2-1.  Boots then came up big with a monsterous save to his right to put the Wolves up by 1.  Shearer stepped up, sttuttered on his runnup and duplicated Watkins' finish, 3-1.  Garnatz, then miraculously stepped up after a calf cramp had him carried off in the 2nd OT, and sent one low and left that Boots got a hand on but slid in, 3-2.  Camporini then made it 4 of 4 for the Wolves, as he blasted one to the left of Torres and a 4-2 advantage.  The Sentinels 4th kick sailed wide, and that was it - dogpile on Boots - and on to State!!

 

 

Run of Fun Underway!!

Wolves Defeat Washington 2-1 on Pair of Textor Goals

May 13, 2010, Civic Field, Port Angeles

 

  Coach Brasher's proclaimed Run of Fun to the State Tournament got started on Thursday night under blue skies and mid-60 temperatures in beautiful Port Angeles.  With the snow-capped Olympics as a backdrop, John Textor melted some of it off with the heat of 2 goals in the game's first 11 minutes.  Daniel Servin started the play for the first goal after receiving a ball near midfield on the left side from Jordy Shearer.  Servin turned and hit an overlapping Jerry Azanza sprinting to the left corner.  Azanza ran on to it, touched it to near the endline and sent a swerving left-footed cross in towards the near post.  Texor, on a gallop, reached it in stride and headed it home for the early 1-0 lead.  A thing of beauty from start to finish!!  The second, coming 3 minutes later, was again assisted by Servin.  Austin Sanford cleared the ball from the back to target man Evan Watkins, who controlled it and held it as the Wolves gathered steam.  Watkins found Servin to his left breaking free down the right and shoveled it off to him.  Servin sent the ball in to the space down the right side where Textor was motoring to.  Textor caught up to it, turned in and unleashed a serpent that hit the inside of the far post, shot across to the inside of the near post and nessled into the net, 2-0.  Another thing of beauty from start to finish!!  The Patriots from Washington were game though, found some grit deep down and started coming back at the Wolves.  A free kick from the 20 was blocked by a substantial Wolf wall at 19 minutes and keeper Byron Boots cut off a dangerous cross on 25 minutes.  Washington got the break they deserved on 27 minutes when Shearer overran a cutting Eol Han coming in from the left side.  Han let go a shot that Boots may have had, but a deflection in front of him off Sanford, sent the ball the opposite way and into the back of the net.  After the Patriot goal narrowed the lead to 2-1, the Wolves had 3 good chances to open up the lead back to 2.  Nick Camporini ground his way free on the left side and his point blank blast was stopped by Espinoza in the Patriot net.  Textor nodded a Aldo Garcia corner kick over the top a minute later and then Servin headed a Michael Lee throw-in just wide.

  The second half was wide open as Textor missed another corner kick header just wide on 47 minutes, Camporini ran out of steam after grinding past 5 opponents, finishing with a weak shot on 65 minutes and Waylon Lam and Camporini nearly had goals off of brilliant free kicks from Sanford on 68 and 72 minutes.  Lam put his effort in, but was called offsides (really?!) and Camporini, darting in from the left was a hair late to get to the flick from Azanza.  The Patriots, for their part, missed a breakaway opportunity wide on 52 minutes, fired a 15 yarder over on 60 minutes and hit the crossbar on a shot with just a minute to play.  The Wolves held on as the drums and cowbell played on and will meet Steilacoom on Saturday for an opportunity to get to the State Tournament!

 

 

Senior Night a Blast 6-1

Four Seniors get Goals in Pummeling of North Mason

May 10, 2010 - Sequim Stadium

 

  Sequim wrapped up the regular season with 6-1 drubbing of an overmatched North Mason Bulldog team on Monday night.  The win gave the Wolves a 10-5 record and was an opportunity for the 10 seniors in the program to shine.  Austin Sanford played in his 63th straight varsity match (what!?) and Zane Carey in his 46th and their experience was more than evident.

  John Textor got the Wolves' opening tally 7 minutes in after Jerry Azanza (one of only 3 non-senior starters) had sliced open the Bulldog backline with a pass to streaking Michael Okamoto.  Okamoto's shot was deflected by the weird-punting Bulldog goalkeeper Joel Ferguson and Textor was there to knock it in.   Okamoto got his own tally a few minutes later on an assist from Daniel Servin, this time finishing cleanly past Ferguson.  Servin then got his own goal on 29 minutes after some hard work in the left corner gave him enough space to blast a left-footer in from a sharp angle.  The half ended 3-0 for the Wolves with the Bulldogs only putting 3 shots in on Byron Boots in the Sequim net.  Koshin Ono took Boot's place in goal for the second half.

  Nick Camporini joined in the fray just 2 minutes after the re-start, converting a Servin cross with a left foot finish.  6 minutes later, Saul Flores corralled a Michael Lee throw-in, threw in his own couple of moves and fired a shot into the lower left corner and a 5-0 Sequim lead.  Camporini flicked another Lee throw-in with his head across goal in the 52nd minute to Servin at the far post and Servin completed his brace, and a 6-0 lead.  Coach Brasher then pulled on the reins and demanded headers only which took half a dozen more scoring chances off the table.  Evan Watkins notably pulled out of 3 good chances and played for crosses that culminated in nada.  Ono, for his part in the Sequim goal, posted 3 decent saves before relinquishing the shut-out to Hunter Ralston on 75 minutes.

  The Wolves now get ready for their 3rd District play-off appearance in 4 years and will host a match at Civic Field in Port Angeles this Thursday.  The Wolves have played some very nice soccer this year and here's hoping it continues for a few more (5) games!!

 

 

Kingston Finishes 3-0 Over Wolves

Sequim Blitzed by Counter-Punching Buccaneers

May 6, 2010, Kingston HS Stadium

 

  Sequim took the hour trip west to visit rival Kingston on Thursday with their eyes on claiming respect as the top 2A team in the Olympic League.  It didn't quite turn out that way, but Coach Brasher was encouraged with the general run of play and quality chances that the Wolves created.

  The Bucs had the first clear opportunity when speedy Brian Bain got loose down the middle on 10 minutes.  Bain pushed his shot wide, although Byron Boots seemed to have it covered.  On 14 minutes, Evan Watkins had a similar chance for Sequim with similar results as it stayed 0-0.  Kingston broke the ice on 23 minutes when freshman Nick Boles picked up a kicked out rebound at the 25 and sent in a long-range shot that got by Boots in the top corner, 1-0.  Daniel Servin nearly tied things up minutes later on a nifty header after getting loose on a Michael Lee long throw in, but knocked it just wide.

  The 2nd half started well for Sequim and at the 54 minute mark, Lee sent a through ball in to Nick Camporini who took a couple dribbles and fired a blast at GK Jason Kramberger.  Kramberger held his ground and stopped it, keeping the 1-0 lead.  A Sequim defensive turnover gave the Bucs their second goal with 8 minutes to go, as Riley Anderson took the turnover in 1 on 1 with Boots and slid it past on the right for a 2-0 lead.  2 minutes later, Camporini nearly got the Wolves back within 1 with a great corner run to the end line, cutting it in and hitting the near post.  The Bucs then sealed it in stoppage time with a Josh Bell header off a corner kick. Second best ain't bad - and closer to the Bucs than the 3-0 score indicated.

 

Wolves Toss Eagles 2-1

Michael Lee's 1st Goal Is the Game Winner

May 5, 2010, Silverdale Stadium

 

  Evan Watkins and Michael Lee got a goal each as the Wolves eked out a win against thelowly Klahowya Eagles on Wednesday.  Klahowya struck first on 22 minutes.as young Bo Smith took a loose ball cleared out by the Sequim defense near the 30 yard line, dribbled in to the 25 and took a long blast that eluded Byron Boots in the upper corner of the Sequim net.  The Eagles, who had taken undefeated North Kitsap deep into the game before succumbing, looked to be ready to hunker down and beat back the Wolves.  But on 28 minutes Waylon Lam collected the ball near midfield and worked it upfield.  Spying an open Evan Watkins, Lam slipped a pass to him and Watkins finished low and right for the equalizer.

 

  The second half was all Wolves as they peppered the Eagle goal with 13 shots while holding Klahowya without a shot.  The winner came on 66 minutes from an unlikely Michael Lee.  Aldo Garcia stepped over a corner kick from the left side and sent it toward the forest of Sequim big men in the box.  Lee slashed in towards the near post and headed it home before anyone really knew what had happened.  That goal gave Sequim 3 points and clinched the second seed in the 2A Division of the Olympic League, as North Mason could no longer mathematically catch them.  That set up Thursday's bragging rights game with Kingston.

 

 

 OT Thriller!!

Sequim Earns 4-3 Overtime Win Over PT With Solid Finish in the Rain

April 30, 2010, @ Sequim Stadium

 

  For the second time this season, 4 different players notched goals as the Wolves came back twice from 2 goal deficits to beat the Redskins from Port Townsend Friday night.  It took all 80 minutes plus overtime to do the damage, but Sequim would not give up or give in to a determined Redskin team.  The constant rain did not dampen the spirit of the Wolves this night.

 

  The Redskins struck first just 5 minutes in when they were awarded a direct free kick 20 yards out from near the center of the field.  Goalkeeper Byron Boots and the defensive wall were occupied setting up when Sam Selisch stepped up and knocked the free kick in for a 1-0 lead.  Harrison Hodgsen doubled the lead on 20 minutes when he got to a through ball just ahead of an onrushing Boots, dribbled around him and tucked it in from the left side past Jordy Shearer who had just got back to the goalline.  The Wolves kept their cool and continued their possession game, coming forward with purpose.  Aldo Garcia earned a corner kick on 26 minutes in the left corner.  Garcia lofted it in to the far post, where, after slipping on his initial burst forward, Austin Sanford recovered, elevated and headed home the ball to cut the lead in half, 2-1.  The halftime attitude was boisterous and the general feeling was that the game was there for the taking if the effort could be continued.

 

  Nick Camporini gave the Wolves hope beginning the second half with a header that just went wide on 42 minutes.  PT's goalkeeper Ethan Berg then denied Camporini twice with terrific saves on hard blasts at 46 and 50 minutes.  The Redskins then got a seemingly game clinching goal at the 56 minute mark when Selisch  dribbled at Sanford down the right-center of the park, pulled up near the 18, and sent a low drive to the far post that just eluded a diving Boots for a 3-1 lead.  The Wolves, instead of rolling over, bared their teeth and came at the Redskins full tilt.  Substitute striker Saul Flores wiggled free on 62 minutes and curled a right-footed shot in from the 25 that beat Berg only to be denied by the right post.  Jerry Azanza brought the Wolves back within 1 with 10 minutes to go as he slashed through the middle and beat Berg low and to the right.  The final minutes were frenetic as Sequim pounded the PT goal area with Camporini, John Textor and Evan Watkins just missing opportunities.  Shearer stepped over a 40 yard free kick with less than a minute to go and sent a driving cross in that Sanford corralled and slipped off to Watkins who finished low and to the right for the equalizer. Whew!  Never say Die!!

 

  The overtime period was all Sequim, as the Redskins were dejected and played that way.  The winner came when Sanford slit the PT backline with a ball to the left corner that was tracked down by Camporini.  Nick controlled it, cut it back to his right and fired in a cross that found Zane Carey lumbering through the middle.  Zane's attempted blast was blocked in front but a rampaging Textor found it at the far post and drilled it home.  The comeback character shown by the Wolves was outstanding and after seeing 2 overtime celebrations by opponents, put on a pretty good one themselves!

 

 

Oh Man, Was it Beautiful, 3-0

Wolves Dismantle Olympic on the Road

April 27, 2010, @ Silverdale Stadium

 

  Sequim stepped on to the turf at Silverdale Stadium for a late 7:30 start and began what turned out to be a total domination of the Trojans from Olympic.  The Wolves had the Trojans chasing, arguing amongst themselves and their coaches and absolutely befuddled with a masterful piece of possession football.  The back line of Jordy Shearer, Austin Sanford, Jerry Azanza and Irons Ring set the tone along with the central midfield tandem of Zane Carey and Daniel Servin with quick, sharp passing in and around the cones that were the white-shirted players from Olympic.

 

  Although the supremacy in possession and class was obvious, the Wolves couldn't crack the combination to the Trojan's goal until the 30th minute when the enigma Evan Watkins spotted big John Textor streaking down the right sideline into open space.  Watkins hit Textor in stride, who them took a couple touches and ripped a far-post shot that got the Wolves on the scoreboard, 1-0.  The Trojans did manage a few chances in the first half, with Mike Schweiger's shot from the center on 34 minutes that just went up and over probably being the most dangerous.

 

  There was no letdown in the second half as the Wolves continued the assault.  The Grinder, Nick Camporini, was set free through the middle on 47 minutes and unleashed a spicy pepper on freshman goalkeeper Harry Hanson, who made a spectacular save diving to his right.  Hanson made a second, even better save on the rebound at the left post as Aldo Garcia pounced on it and lashed it goal-ward.  The rebound and subsequent Trojan counterattack led to probably the turning point in the game.  The ball came out of the back quickly and down the right to a flying Riley Dreany.  Dreany got behind left back Jordy Shearer and in alone on Byron Boots.  His shot seemed labeled for the far post but Boots stuck out a large right mitt and knocked it away.  Instead of a 1-1 draw, and more self-doubt, the Wolf pride grew and they completed the rout.  Textor completed his hat-trick at 61 and 65 minutes with shots from the right side.  The first came on a great solo effort, winning back a ball he had turned over, breaking free and letting go a dipping knuckler.  The final goal came on a great feed from Servin that set John in on goal and his low liner beat Hanson to his right off his hand, the far-post and in.  On 68 minutes, Watkins and Camporini nearly got tallies on the same play as Hanson was caught out near the 18 on the left side.  Watkins gathered in the loose ball and curled a low shot in towards the right post.  The ball hit the post about the time a retreating Hanson did and he did just enough to stop Camporini's rebound shot.  Olympic coach Steve Haggerty received a caution and quote of the match after an offsides call on Camporini prompted the head referee to call Haggerty to the field and warn him to refrain from his verbal criticisms.  Haggerty, impressed that the ref had heard his comments suggested that his "ears must be much better than his eyes" and hence the caution.

 

  The Wolves finished outshooting Olympic 21-11 and Boots had 5 saves.  Next up is Pt. Townsend at home in what should be a tough battle.  If the Wolves can find a way to overcome the rutted pasture grass piece of crap field of theirs, and play like tonight's game, it should be fun to watch!

 

 

 

'Riders Paralyze Wolves 1-0

Svetlio Hurd's Unlikely Corner the Difference

April 23, 2010, Sequim Stadium

 

  It was one of those games.  You let the underdog hang around long enough and they bite you.  Svetlio Hurd did the biting in the 64th minute with a curling corner kick from the left side that the Wolves failed to deal with and ZING!!!  The Riders packed in the defense after that and the Wolves couldn't penetrate.  It was a game of missed opportunities for Sequim and hard-work paying off for Port Angeles.

 

  The first half saw the Wolves squander half a dozen decent chances as they couldn't find the range.  John Textor put a header wide off a corner kick in the 4th minute as did David Lopes in the 8th minute.  Nick Camporini, working hard all game, drove the corner numerous times but couldn't break the ice.  PA countered with a couple attacks, putting one in the side netting on 23 minutes and rattling the crossbar in the 22nd minute.  Michael Lee had a stellar opportunity in the 35th minute as Camporini worked to the right end line and cut back a cross to Lee at the far post.  Freshman GK Jack Doryland was in good shape and parried away Lee's hard blast up and over.  Austin Sanford took a run forward just before halftime and sent in a screaming shot just wide from about 20 yards out.  But the clock wound down to zero with the score knotted at the same.

 

  Coach Brasher's halftime talk was uninspiring as the Wolves came out flat and the Roughriders were flying.  Winning balls in the middle and chasing forward, PA got off a series of attempts in the first 20 minutes of the half.  The culmination was Anthony Brandon's slash across the middle and shot that again got over Byron Boots and nailed the crossbar. That shot had PA's confidence up and led to Hurd's unlikely winner 4 minutes later.

 

It had been 6 years since PA last celebrated a win over Sequim and celebrate they did.  The Wolves must now regroup and finish strong in order to make a post-season run with confidence.

 

 

Knights Work Wolves 4-1

Sequim Digs Early Hole, Can't Climb Out

April 20, 2010, @ Bremerton Stadium

 

  The Bremerton Knights brought it early and hard Tuesday night on the beautiful pitch at their home in this Steel City.  Just one minute after the opening whistle, Nick Camporini dropped a pass back that was intercepted by speedy Nicholas Sebastian.  Nico turned and slotted a beautiful ball across to streaking sophomore Nick Riders who put it past Sequim goalkeeper Byron Boots, who was still adjusting his socks.  The Wolves showed they weren't going to just roll over and 2 minutes later got the equalizer.  Center back Austin Sanford gathered in a ball in his own half and galloped forward with it.  Slicing through Knight defenders like a tornado through a trailer park, Sanford pushed 30 yards into Bremerton's half before seeing Waylon Lam to his right. Lam took Austin's feed, moved a little left and buried it past an onrushing Ryne Riders in the Knight net.

 

  Bremerton continued their inspired night, winning most of the 50/50 balls and beating Sequim players to most of the free balls.  They were rewarded a second time on 7 minutes as defender Tyler Dooghan began an exploration forward down the left, and got on the end of a great combination of crosses from left to right and back, past a dizzy Boots.  The Knights continued their bloody attack and with another criss-cross punch forward, got Riders his 2nd of the night, as he  converted the final cross from the left.  The half ended in 3-1 frustration for the Wolves.  Camporini had one nice chance on 20 minutes that went over the top and the Wolves' 2 corner  and 2 free kick opportunities went wanting.

 

  Hopes of a 2nd-half comeback were traumatized 4 minutes after the break when some shoddy ball handling in the Wolves defensive right side gifted the ball to the opportunistic Riders.  Nick completed his hat trick by waltzing in with the gift and lashing it past Boots.  The Wolves played tough the rest of the way, but the Knights fortified their shields and absorbed the blows.  Camporini earned a penalty in the 60th minute after being cut down.  Aldo Garcia reminded his coach of Sanford in the opening game by putting the spot kick up and over.  John Textor got his head on two late crosses but couldn't find the twine.  The Wolves genuinely worked hard but the Knights were better on this night.

 

 

 

 

Vikings Remain Undefeated in OT

North Kitsap Stays Atop League With 2-1 Victory Over Wolves

April 13, 2010, @ North Kitsap Stadium

 

  For 75 minutes Sequim had the best of the North Kitsap Vikings but couldn't hold on, as the home side pushed their undefeated streak to 7 games this year.  Also in jeopardy was the Vikings undefeated streak at home on their new turf at 23 games.  The Wolves were poised to wreck all kinds of streaks but weren't able to close the deal and came away disappointed.

 

  Nick Camporini got the Wolves off and flying with a terrific opening goal off a corner kick on 6 minutes.  Daniel Servin drove in a menacing ball that lifted past everyone except Aldo Garcia deep in the right corner.  Garcia collected it, and sent in a ripe melon on a platter for Camporini to rise, meet cleanly and direct into the left corner and the 1-0 lead.  The Wolves nearly doubled their advantage 2 minutes later when Mitch McHugh got free down the right side and dropped a pass back to a streaking Servin in the middle. Daniel's ripper was deflected just wide.  The Wolves continued to play hard, tackling with intensity and winning the big challenges.  Sequim goalkeeper Byron Boots earned his pay on this evening as he was called on to make big saves at 17 minutes on a deflected shot and on 36 minutes with a stuff when Nick Tedford got free through the middle.   The first half ended with the Wolves clinging to the lead and having played some of their best soccer of the year.

 

  The second half nearly started with a bang as Zane Carey sent a ball to Camporini through the middle that Nick took control of and sent a one -touch shot in that just went wide.  The Vikings kept pressing and seemed to be wearing down the Wolves.  Boots was called on again to make saves in the 47th minute off a header and in the 55th minute deflecting a low shot wide.  Camporini had a shot from a narrow angle go in the side netting on 49 minutes and Jerry Azanza fired just wide off a Michael Lee throw-in at 52 minutes.  The back-breaker came with 5minutes to go when Zane was whistled for a foul at the 22 yard mark near the center of the field.  Junior Marcus Lopez stepped over the direct kick and sent in a beautiful right-footed bender into the upper right corner to level the score at 1-1.  The equalizer sent the match into Golden Goal overtime.  The end came in similar fashion to the Kingston loss with a very nicely taken goal 3 minutes in from sophomore Garrett Wilder.  Wilder took a feed from Spencer Black on the left side, took it inside and let go a shot from near the 18 that just eluded Boots low and left.  So the Vikings worked their way to a nice win, while the Wolves were disappointed at a fine performance without a result.

 

 

 

Wolves Gash Spartans 4-1

Forks' Decent 2nd Half Not Enough

April 9, 2010, @ Sequim Stadium

 

  Four different Sequim players notched goals Friday night as the Spartans from Forks came to Sequim for the first time.  The non-league tussle showed that the sparse Spartans were no match for the Wolf depth.  The Spartans brought only 13 players to Sequim and despite a solid effort in the second half, could not get more than 1 goal past Byron Boots and the rest of the Wolf defense.

 

  Evan Watkins opened the scoring just 6 minutes in as outside midfielder Aldo Garcia danced through the left side of the Forks defense, got to the end line and sent in luscious cross that Watkins met with his left boot.  The volley was just tipped by Goalkeeper Matthew Ortiz, deflected off the underside of the crossbar and nestled into the back of the net for the 1-0 lead.  On 9 minutes, Daniel Servin got into the act with another left-footed finish.  Zane Carey, Servin's central midfield partner, started the play near midfield.  Carey took the ball from the right, dribbled past a Fork's defender and knifed a pass through to a streaking Servin down the left side.  Servin collected the ball, laid down a couple sweet moves and pushed it past Ortiz into the lower left corner.  Nick Camporini got back into scoring form 7 minutes later, converting another excellent cross from the left by Garcia.  Aldo worked down the side past his mark and sent a swerving ball into the penalty area that was just over an onrushing John Textor.  Camporini, sealing the back post, controlled the cross and lashed it into the back of the net for a 3-0 lead after just 16 minutes.  Textor just missed making it 4-0 minutes later after another Garcia cross was dummied beautifully by Camporini leaving big John clear on the right side of the penalty box.  Textor's shot was just wide but the play was money.  The Wolves outshot the Spartans 12-2 in the half.

 

  Coach Brasher began the second half by resting a few players and the fatigue of the team's 3rd game in 4 days began to show.  Forks put together some of their best play of the night in the first 20 minutes of the half and were rewarded on 53 minutes when Fernando Hernandez slipped a pass through Michael Lee and Irons Ring in the center of Sequim's defense to speedster Juan Beltran.  Beltran lofted the nice feed over Boots into the left corner and it was 3-1.  Sequim put together a few late rushes and Saul Flores capitalized in the 75th minute with a blast from the right off a Carey feed from the corner to make it 4-1.  The Wolves now have a few day to rest before encountering the powerful North Kitsap Vikings next week.

 

 

Wolves Burn Redskins

Richards, McHugh Get Late Tallies to Lift Wolves to 3-0 Win

April 8, 2010, @ Memorial Stadium, Port Townsend

 

  Sequim dusted off the Kingston loss with a convincing 3-0 whitewash of a determined rag-tag Port Townsend squad on Thursday.  With 5 starters missing due to Spring Break, the Redskins started slowly. The Wolves established early dominance with forwards John Textor and Nick Camporini running loose in and around the PT back four.  Ten shots were launched by Wolf attackers but none too accurate as the first half wore on.  Textor finally cracked the Redskin armor on 20 minutes as Daniel Servin swept through the middle and slit the linear defensive line with a ball out to the left.  Textor corralled it and popped it past Ethan Berg in the PT net.  The Wolves were poised to add to the lead on 30 minutes as a Nick Camporini header of a Beau Little corner kick slipped past Berg in goal but was blocked by a PT defenders hand for a penalty.  As the Wolves prepared to take the kick, the assistant referee waived it off, claiming Little's corner curled out of play and then back in before Camporini headed it (??).  Byron Boots, manning the Sequim goal, saw minimal first half action as he received only 3 feeble Redskins shots.

  Boots saw better stuff from the'Skins after the half as the Wolves were a bit sluggish coming out.  Freshly eligible sophomore Evan Watkins entered the game up top for the Wolves in the 50th minute and added a little perk to the attack.  On 60 minutes, Austin Sanford ventured out of the back and sent Watkins through the middle to contest Berg.  They met the ball simultaneously and Berg was able to push it aside to thwart the attack.  3 minutes later the Redskins penetrated the Wolf backline with a through ball and Boots flashed forward to stuff the ball wide.  Sequim was penalized a minute later and Omar Santos stepped over the free kick at the 25 yard mark left of center.  Santos' screaming ball was labeled for the upper corner, but Boots was up to the task and tipped it over.

 

  The icing was spread in the final 10 minutes as the Redskins seemed to wear down.  Newly inserted netminder Jason MacLachlan was met with a bomb from Servin on 65 minutes that he barely knocked away.  Aldo Garcia stepped over a Sequim corner kick in the 70th minute and sent in a bender that Zane Carey found his way to, tapped it over to David Richards who buried it deep for the 2-0 lead.  The 'Skins had one last effort on 73 minutes, earning a corner kick that, after being blended in the mixer a while, ended up on a PT boot for a shot that was headed off the line by Richards.  Mitch McHugh then finished the scoring on 74 minutes after tapping in a pass from Waylon Lam who did all the work to get the ball to the net. All in all, it wasn't one of the prettiest games the Wolves have had, but taking a win home from Port Townsend is always a thrill.

 

 

Kingston Slashes Wolves in OT

Rampaging Trask Scores Winner in 83rd Minute

April 6, 2010, Sequim Stadium

 

  The Wolves reassembled after a 10 day Spring Break lay-off and saw the Buccaneers from Kingston nick an overtime golden goal to snap their winning streak at 4 games.  Sequim was surprisingly sharp for the first game after the break and knocked the ball around with patience and precision.  Jerry Azzanza took a couple forays into Buccaneer territory in the opening minutes and had some nice looks at goal.  Strike partners Nick Camporini and John Textor were active and aggressive but were unable to convert.  In the 21st minute, Kingston's Matt Simpson swerved in from the left side and let go a nice shot that went just high.  In the 23rd minute, Textor couldn't quite get high enough to connect with a Daniel Servin corner kick, as it deflected over the end line.  Sequim defenders, Austin Sanford, Jordy Shearer, Irons Ring and Azzanza totally bottled up the Buccaneers long-ball counter-attacking speedsters Brian Bain and Riley Anderson for the entire first half.

 

  The second half saw the Bucs get 2 quick chances from Bain and Anderson, first on GK Byron Boots turnover to Bain who gave it right back to Boots, and then a Ring turnover gave Anderson a free pass to goal which ended with a weak shot that Boots collected easily.  The Wolves settled down after that and began controlling the midfield.  Opportunities came from wide, with Aldo Garcia, Textor and Camporini getting good crosses in that couldn't find finishers.  Boots made a nice save on 63 minutes, coming out hard and stuffing an Anderson run through the center.

 

  After regulation ended still knotted 0-0, OT began with some decent possession by the Wolves.  3 minutes in to the extra session, Bain retreated for a pass and flicked it near midfield.  Defender Chad Trask came running through the middle, chested it down and continued his run.  He slashed through the center of the Wolf defense and fired it past an onrushing Boots for the winner.  "Olé, olé, olé" sang the Bucs as they surrounded Trask.  We'll see how the re-match is sung on May 6.

 

 

 

Eagles Flightless in Sequim, 3-0

Boots, Textor share Napping Duties in Goal

March 25, 2010, Sequim Stadium

 

  Klahowya came to town and received on old fashioned beat-down that was much worse than the 3-0 final score indicated.  The Wolves out-shot the Eagles 20-2 for the match, with one of Klahowya's shots being a 30 yd free kick that barely got to the goal and the other a low shot with about a minute left to play.

  For all the domination though, Sequim could manage no goals in the first half and the first goal on 49 minutes came courtesy of an Eagle defender, whose attempted clearance of a Daniel Servin corner kick, pounded off his teammate and in the back of his own net.  Mitch McHugh got the Wolves first legit goal on 66 minutes after receiving a drop from Nick Camporini on the left wing and launching a curling, right-footed, 30 yd mesmerizer that caught the far post corner.  Martin Fonseca added the third with an 18 yd mini-version of McHugh's goal on 78 minutes.  Daniel Servin got the assist on Fonseca's goal.  Jordy Shearer was a pillar of strength in the back in his first start as center defender.  Irons Ring and David Lopes on Shearer's sides also turned in strong performances.  Servin and Zane Carey were solid again in the midfield firing in 9 shots between them.  There was some good combination play which just needed the finishing touch to be something special.  That's what will be required to compete with the Olympic League powers that will be coming up after Spring Break.

 

Wolves Top Coupeville 1-0

Boots Earns Shutout in Varsity Debut

March 20, 2010, @ Sparks Field, Coupeville

 

  The Wolves spent a full day Saturday travelling via bus & ferry to Whidbey Island for a non-league tilt against the powerful 1A Coupeville Wolves.  Sequim got rolling early with big Zane Carey getting open near the middle and testing Coupeville GK Evan Ameluxen-Coleman (what?) with a hard blast that was just tipped over.  Coupeville got into it soon after and on 16 minutes forward Ben Hayes ripped a shot that debut Sequim goalkeeper Byron Boots deflected and as it trickled near the goal line, was cleared out by Irons Ring.  Sequim came right back and off a Daniel Servin corner kick, John Textor battled for it at the far post and toe-poked a dart that Ameluxen-Coleman (WTF?) just tipped over.  The Wolves got another chance on 31 minutes when Nick Camporini barreled in down the left, and sent in a low cross the was handled in the box by a C-Wolf defender.  Camporini stepped up and hit it low and left for a 1-0 lead.

 

  The C-Wolves kept coming in the second half and put in 7 decent shots, 2 of which Boots came up with dynamite saves.  The first off a near-post bullet corner kick that was volleyed in hard and Boots came up with a great waist-high reaction save.  The second, on 73 minutes, was a rippin' shot from the right side that Byron deflected up onto the cross-bar and out of danger.  Although out shot 11-6, the Sequim defense was solid and came back off the Island with the win.

 

 

Textor Shines, Blanks Bulldogs 5-0

March 18, 2010, @ Bulldog Stadium, Belfair

 

  Only 16 players turned out, no JV squad and a couple super-small dudes warming up.  Should be a cakewalk, right?  45 seconds in, a Bulldog through ball past Jordy Shearer, sent Colin Ralston in alone on new Sequim keeper John Textor.  YIKES!  Ralston sprinted down the right side and sent a blistering ball to the far post labeled for the back of the net.  Big John stretched his 6'5" frame sideways and pushed it wide and out of danger and the Wolves woke up.  North Mason was game and a much improved side from the last few years, but the blokes in purple settled down and on 7 minutes earned a corner kick that Daniel Servin fired into the mixer.  Zane Carey met the serve square and for the second time in two games was denied a stunning goal by the crossbar.  Nick Camporini got loose down the right side 2 minutes later and unleashed a 20-yard screamer that dented the far post and ricocheted out.  The ice was cracked on 14 minutes when another Servin corner kick was corralled at the far post and buried deep by Camporini.  The Bulldogs looked like cones on Sequim's free kicks, allowing attackers all kinds of time and space and they were punished again on 30 minutes by Servin.  This time a floating free kick from the left was settled, adjusted once, twice and then lashed home by Daniel, 2-0.

 

  The second half opened smartly for the Wolves as Carey knifed a pass through to surprising newcomer Martin Fonseca, who squeezed off a dynamite half-volley that grazed the underside of the crossbar and in.  The Bulldogs kept getting off the canvas with forays into the Sequim zone and Textor was called on to tip a long blast up and over on 55 minutes, while Saul Flores cleared a scramble on the goal line on 75 minutes.  The Wolves added a 4th as Camporini fed a hungry Servin for a smoker from the center at the 57 minute mark and Carey added his 2nd assist on the final goal, sending the right side guy in for a lazy knuckler that went kind-of through Hunter Ralston in the North Mason net.  Sequim will finish a 3 game in 4 day road trip, Saturday in Coupeville.

 

 

 

Not Pretty, But a Result 2-1

March 17, 2010, St Patrick's Day @ Civic Field, Pt. Angeles

 

  Zane Carey got a long sought after tally in the waning minutes as Sequim got an Opening night win in the comfy confines of Civic Field in PA Wednesday (that's way too long of an opening sentence!).  The Wolves looked shaky, choppy and downright uncomfortable in the opening minutes as the 2010 season got underway.  The brisk air had fans bundling up and players blowing steam as the Roughriders tried to break their losing streak vs the Wolves (8 games over 6 years). 

 

  The first half was pretty even as the Wolves' Carey hammered the crossbar from about 25 yards out in the 20th minute and GK John Textor stuffed a breakaway by Kyle Bingham on 30 minutes.   With 2 minutes to go before intermission, Aldo Garcia slashed into the right side of the penalty box and was hacked down.  Austin Sanford stepped to the spot and sent the PK into the west end bleachers.  Chewing on a 0-0 knot at the break was not a good taste and the Wolves began controlling the game as the second half began.

 

  Textor was lonely as the 'Riders were stacked up in their own end for a good portion of the half.  The ice-breaker came in the 64th minute as Daniel Servin dug out a ball on the right side and lofted a lovely little right-footed flick into the corner for Nick Camporini.  Camporini, who had been invisible for much of the game, chased it down and drove a low laser to the middle.  Jerry Azanza met the cross streaking in from the left, tucked it away and the Wolves led 1-0.  The 'Riders equalized on a fluke in the 74th minute.  Sanford took a bouncing long ball and tried to head it back to Textor and made a hash of it.  Hustling Svetlio Hurd was rewarded when found himself in Neverland with the ball at his feet and smashed it past Textor. It looked like the 'Riders had earned themselves a tie until Carey rose up with 2 minutes to go.  Sanford shook off earlier funk and stepped up over a free-kick near the right sideline, 35 yards out.  Launching a near perfect curling ball to the far post, Sanford had a great view of the Big Z high above the crowd, nodding it goalward and off some kid into the back of the net.  The Wolves have plenty of work to do, but the first win is still a win.

 

 

 

Boys Soccer 2010 Season Preview

 

Coaches:  Dave Brasher    

               Evan Still

              Victor Lancheros

              Bill Batson

              Powell Jones

 

 

 

Record last year/place in league:  13-3-1, 6-1-1 League, 2nd Place Olympic League, 1st Place 2A Division Olympic League, District 3 2A Champions, State Tournament Participants (Lost 1-0 to Bellingham)

 

Returning Starters: Austin Sanford (D) 12, Zane Carey (M) 12 Jerry Azanza (D) 11, Nick Camporini (F) 11, Aldo Garcia (F) 11, Daniel Servin (M) 12, Jordy Shearer (D) 12 & Evan Watkins (M) 10

 

Top New Players:  Saul Flores (M) 11, Waylon Lam (F) 10, Mitch McHugh (F) 10, Irons Ring (D) 10, Martin Fonseca (F) 12

 

Player to Watch: Austin Sanford (D) 12.  Austin is the smoothest defender I’ve ever coached and has a feel for the game that can’t be taught.  Watch him coming forward also.

 

Goalkeepers:  John Textor (12)  Byron Boots (10)

 

What can fans expect from your squad this year?  This year’s team will be skilled.  The record setting defense of last year returns 2, anchored by MVP candidate Austin Sanford and stalwart Jordy Shearer.  They will need help from David Lopes, Irons Ring and David Richards.  The team boasts a group of competitors that want to win no matter what it takes.  The midfield from last year is all back with Zane Carey and Daniel Servin holding down the middle with Aldo Garcia and Evan Watkins running the wings.  Nick Camporini will be the strike force with hopeful contributions from junior Saul Flores and sophomores Waylon Lam and Mitch McHugh.  Jerry Azanza brings his passion all over the field, and the team will need big contributions from Michael Lee and Beau Little.   This team has fun playing the game and may be the most knowledgeable group Sequim has seen in a while.  Hopefully they will be able show the Beautiful Game and win a few in the process.  They expect to be near the top of the 2A standings and get back to the State tournament in May.   

 

How will your team do against the rest of the league this year?  Big Rivals?  Key dates in the season?

The Olympic League will again be led by North Kitsap.  Kingston, Bremerton and Olympic should be strong and  Pt. Townsend is always a good rivalry.  March match-ups with the 2A schools will be very important, along with the opening non-league match-up on March 17 vs Port Angeles.

 

 

Forwards

Nick Camporini (12)

Waylon Lam (10)

Aldo Garcia (11)

Mitch McHugh (10)

Martin Fonseca (12)

Goalkeepers

John Textor (12)

Byron Boots (10)

Midfielders

Evan Watkins (10)

Kris Lawrence (12)

Zane Carey (12)

David Richards (11)

Daniel Servin (12)

Saul Flores (11)

Michael Okamoto (12)

Defenders

Irons Ring (10)

Austin Sanford (12)

Jordy Shearer (12)

David Lopes (12)

Jerry Azanza (11)

Michael Lee (11)

Beau Little (11)