By dominance or deflection, Sequim’s boys soccer squad found ways to win in a pair of Olympic League games last week.
After a one-goal victory earlier in the week, Sequim (4-3 in Olympic League play, 5-3-2 overall) tallied three first-half goals and went on to blast Olympic 5-1 on April 14.
Konnor Parrish assisted teammates on two of those first-half scores, setting up Ryan Tolberd for the Wolves’ first goal in the 17th minute and then finding Christian Rocha in the 34th minute.
“Konnor was man of the match for us,” Sequim coach Dave Brasher said. “He played real well up front.”
Adrian Funston scored the third Sequim goal, connecting on a strike in the 38th minute.
“We had a bunch of chances but their goalie was making some great saves, so we kind of wore them down,” Brasher said of the first half.
Josiah Urquiah cemented the Wolves’ lead with an unassisted score just after halftime.
Olympic got one back when a free kick from the corner snuck in, but Sequim’s Liam Harris countered late with a header goal off of a corner kick by Addison Berg.
Brasher said Josh Gonzalez was a defensive highlight at center back.
Own-goal the difference
An own goal by the Knights in the 62nd minute boosted the Wolves in a key Olympic League 2A Division contest on April 11.
In the 62nd minute, Sequim put a shot on goal that rebounded and got pushed wide to Evan James. The junior midfielder found Tolberd, who chipped in a cross toward the Bremerton net.
“There were a couple of guys battling for it and a Bremerton guy knocked it in,” Brasher said.
Brasher picked sophomore Brandon Benson as the team’s man of the match.
“(It was) his first game back after a slight concussion against Port Angeles and he held down the middle real well for us,” Brasher said.
Navy Thomas-Brenske and Nick Janikic tallied the shutout for Sequim after they split halves in goal.
Sequim visits 1A Klahowya on April 19 and hosts North Mason on April 21.
The Wolves travel to Poulsbo for a showdown with league leader North Kitsap on April 25 and host rival Port Angeles on April 28.