A non-league loss two days prior and a slim halftime lead against a league foe didn’t stop Sequim from improving their standing in the playoff picture last week.
The Wolves (5-3-0 in league, 6-4-2 overall) erupted for five second-half goals in a 6-0 home victory over North Mason on April 21.
Sequim notched a single goal in the first half and it was a quick one: Josiah Urquia found the net on a header on a ball from Addison Berg in the first minute.
Thanks to strong play from the Bulldog keeper, it stayed a 1-0 Sequim lead through halftime.
“We dominated the first half, but couldn’t put another one in,” Sequim coach Dave Brasher said.
SHS freshman Ryan Tolberd made it 2-0 with a score in the 49th minute with an assist by Patrick McCrorie.
Then the floodgates opened, as the Wolves tallied four scores in a 13-minute span. Mathew Craig took a pass from Tolberd for the game’s third score, then returned the favor for Tolberd’s second score of the night and a 4-0 lead.
Evan James scored in the 75th minute, with an assist to Christian Rocha. Rocha then scored off of an assist by Craig in the 77th minute.
Sequim ended up with 26 shots.
Brasher said Sean Weber was the man of the match for the Wolves, controlling the play in the midfield.
The win put Sequim one game behind second-place Kingston and a game head of fourth-place Port Angeles heading into this week.
The Wolves dropped a 3-0 decision on the road in a non-league game against Klahowya, a 1A Olympic League school, in Silverdale on April 19.
Brasher said his team weathered a rough opening 10 minutes and played well, eventually out-shooting Klahowya 10-7.
“They are as good as anybody in our league, even though they are 1A,” Brasher said.
“They have a good shot to go pretty far in the 1A ranks (at state).”
The Eagles scored twice in the first 10 minutes before Sequim settled down.
“From 10 minutes on to about 35 minutes we were in control and Ryan Tolberd had a couple good chances,” Brasher said.
Klahowya scored its last goal in the 36th minute.
“(In the) second half, we carried the play and didn’t allow a shot but we couldn’t get anything in the net,” Brasher said.
He named James the team’s man of the match for his play in midfield.
Sequim was slated for a showdown with Olympic League leader North Kitsap in Poulsbo on April 25.
The Wolves host Port Angeles on April 28 and Kingston on May 1 before closing out the regular season May 3 in Bremerton.
The top four teams in the Olympic League advance to district play, set for May 6, 9 and 13 at various sites, depending on seeding.