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Boys soccer: Wolves top Vikings, to play for No. 1 seed
The second time was the charm.
After dropping a 3-1 decision at North Kitsap on May 7, the final day of the regular season, Sequim exacted some revenge with a 2-1 win against the Vikings on the same field in the Olympic League's seeding tournament semifinal Monday.
The win puts Sequim into the seeding tourney's final, set for 6:45 p.m. May 14 at Kingston, the league's co-champions.
Against North Kitsap, the score was tied 1-1 in stoppage time when Thomas Winfield crossed a pass to Cameron Chase, who headed it in for the game-winner.
"It was a pretty intense game," Sequim coach Dave Brasher said. "I think we played a little better than our final against them. They seemed a little anxious."
Sequim had a pair of goals called back for offsides infractions, Brasher said, but after a scoreless first half Sequim's Lijah Sanford opened the scoring, off an assist from Nic Baird's corner kick.
The Vikings' Raul de Luna with six minutes remaining with an unassisted score, set up Chase's dramatic clincher.
"I think we realized we can play with those guys," Brasher said. "(We) just needed to settle down a little bit."
On May 7, North Kitsap scored three second-half goals — two from Utsav Shah — as the Vikings won the battle for who would share the league crown with Kingston.
Now, Sequim is locked into one of the top two seeds at districts and will "host" a district game on Saturday, May 17, with the opponent to be determined. With a win against Kingston, Sequim would host the South Puget Sound League's No. 4 seed at 2 p.m. while a loss against the Buccaneers would mean Sequim hosts the SPSL's No. 3 seed at noon. That "home" game will likely be back at North Kitsap's field, Brasher said, because of a requirement to host all postseason games on an artificial playing surface.
Sequim and Kingston split the season series, with the Bucs topping Sequim 2-1 in the season-opener in Kingston on March 15 while the Wolves won a 1-0, overtime thriller on April 15 in Sequim.
"They (the Bucs) have a couple of good outside midfielders and a pretty solid defense," Brasher said. "We'll have to keep attacking like we've been doing … and spread them out a little bit."
North Kitsap plays Klahowya on May 14 for the No. 3/No. 4 seed to districts.