Sequim’s Zane Carey moves the ball down the sidelines in an April contest against Kingston. The Wolves fell 1-0 in overtime to the Bucs on April 6 but look to exact some revenge this week at Kingston on May 6. Photo by Jim Heintz
The resurrection of the Sequim Wolves' soccer squad may be complete.
After their first three-game losing streak since 2005,
Sequim rebounded with a pair of critical wins last week, capping their efforts with a 4-3 overtime win against visiting rival Port Townsend on Friday night.
Sequim's Austin Sanford found Evan Watkins for a score with less than a minute left in regulation to tie that game at 3-3.
John Textor then took a rebound off a Zane Carey shot four minutes into the first overtime period to net the game-winner.
"(That game) was real good for the kids to realize they could come back,"
Sequim coach Dave Brasher said. "I think we've outplayed them - we've done that in the past and come up short."
Port Townsend took the early lead with two goals in the first 20 minutes.
Sequim's Austin Sanford halved the Redskin lead at the 26-minute mark with a header and it was 2-1 at halftime.
Port Townsend extended their lead to 3-1 when Sam Selisch scored 16 minutes into the second half.
With 10 minutes to go, it looked as if the Wolves would fall at home but Jerry Azanza got the Wolves back in it with an unassisted score, setting the stage for Watkins' equalizer.
The Wolves have three consecutive road games ahead - all on turf. They play in Silverdale against Klahowya on May 5, at Kingston on May 6 and the regular season finale, a May 10 home game versus North Mason.
"Hopefully we're ramping up to peaking at the right time," Brasher said. "With Klahowya, we (won't) just sit back and ease through it. We want to keep working hard. And Kingston, the kids really want to win that one. They are kind of a nemesis."
SHS hosts playoff game Thursday
Kingston looks to have the edge for the Olympic League No. 1 seed that would give them a bye in the district playoffs. With a No. 2 seed,
Sequim would host the Nisqually League's No. 3 seed on Thursday, May 13, in a winner-advances, loser-out game. The winner of that contest would play the Nisqually League's No. 1 seed on Saturday, May 15, for a ticket to the class 2A state tournament.
Textor's trick tops Trojans
That is how a good team ends a losing streak.
Struggling for scores,
Sequim's Wolves turned to Textor, a senior. The 6-footer snagged the first half's lone goal at the 30-minute mark, then converted two more scores in the second half as Sequim topped the Olympic Trojans 3-0 on April 27.
Textor had only one goal coming into the contest.
"The team played great that game," Brasher said. "Everything came together. We just worked our possession game and got them real frustrated."
It's the first "hat trick" by a Sequim player since Kai Antrim's triple in March 2008.
With the teams battling it out on the turf at Silverdale Stadium, Watkins helped Sequim break the deadlock a half-hour in when he spotted Textor on the right side, and Textor finished with a crossing shot to the far left post.
Textor scored on an unassisted goal 20 minutes into the second half, recovering a turnover deep in Trojan territory and beating Olympic's freshman keeper Harry Hanson for a 2-0 lead.
Daniel Servin served up the third goal, another far-post zinger.
Sequim keeper Byron Boots recorded five saves in the shutout, garnering a spectacular save in the second half when Trojan Riley Dreany broke free for a point-blank drive.
Olympic League standings (as of May 2) Team Lg. Over. N. Kitsap 8-0-1 1-0-2 Bremerton 7-1-1 8-3-3 Kingston 7-1-1 10-1-2 Sequim 5-4-0 8-4-0 Olympic 4-4-1 4-8-1 Pt. Angeles 3-5-1 4-9-1 N. Mason 3-7-0 4-8-0 Pt. Townsend 2-8-1 5-9-1 Klahowya 0-9-0 1-12-0
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