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Boys soccer: Wolves win overtime thriller

Sequim’s Thomas Winfield is all smiles after knocking home the game-winner Saturday afternoon. - Sequim Gazette photo by Michael Dashiell
Sequim’s Thomas Winfield is all smiles after knocking home the game-winner Saturday afternoon.
— image credit: Sequim Gazette photo by Michael Dashiell

It took all 90 minutes of regulation — and a few minutes more — to decide this early Olympic League showdown.

Thomas Winfield took a crossing pass from teammate Ron Welches near the Bremerton goal’s mouth and knocked it home for a 3-2 overtime victory on Saturday afternoon to give the Wolves (2-2) their second win of the young season.

Sequim twice came back from one-goal deficits to force overtime and, despite being a man down after a red card ejection near the regulation time whistle, saw Winfield earn the game-winner three minutes into the first five-minute extra period.

“These guys played at (Bremerton’s) level,” Sequim coach Dave Brasher said. “I did think we would prevail eventually.”

After giving up a goal at the 10-minute mark, Sequim’s Tyler Ebert found Patrick McCrorie for a score and the teams went into halftime tied 1-1. Michael Brown made it 2-1 Bremerton with a score early in the second half, but Winfield scored off an Adrian Espinoza pass at the 66-minute mark.

“We thought, ‘This team is beatable,’ but we started off weak,” Espinoza said.

Going into overtime, Sequim’s depleted squad stayed on the offensive, he said.

“It was attack, attack, attack, play defense and move forward,” Espinoza said.

Sequim dropped a 2-0 decision to Klahowya on the artificial turf at Silverdale Stadium on March 20. Casey Sargent and Jack Cooper scored second-half goals for the Eagles.

“We had chances in the first half — it was pretty even,” Brasher said of the

Sequim defeat. He said Sargent headed home a well-placed free kick from just outside the 18-yard mark, and about a minute later a Sequim turnover translated into Cooper’s score.

Espinoza said North Kitsap and Klahowya look like the teams to beat in the Olympic League. Perhaps Sequim fits in that mix as well.

The Wolves were slated to play at Port Townsend on March 25 — results were not available at press time.

Sequim is off for spring break before playing at North Mason on April 8 and at Olympic on April 10.

 

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