With an early season draw, a wild comeback and a blowout victory, Sequim’s Wolves have seen a bit of everything this early season — except for the loss column.
After earning a scoreless draw against Ballard on March 9 and winning a wild, 5-4 affair in Port Angeles on March 12, Sequim settled into a groove with a 6-0 rout of Bremerton on March 15.
Freshman Kristian Mingoy scored his first varsity goal and Ryan Tolberd added two more in the first half — one a laser beam from 15 yards out off a Sean Weber assist, the second a chip shot over the Knights’ keeper after a feed from Angel Servin — as Sequim ran up a 3-0 lead by halftime.
Belgian exchange student Mathys Tanche scored his fourth goal of the season in the 56th minute off an assist by Mike McAleer.
Adrian Funston and Aiden Henninger rounded out the scoring, with Funston completing a penalty kick at 60 minutes and Henninger, a freshman, getting his first goal at 69 minutes.
“It was a good game and we played well,” Wolves coach Dave Brasher said.
Navy Thomas-Brenske picked up the shutout in goal. Brasher said the junior got a key double save on a breakaway at the 55-minute mark.
Brandon Benson was Sequim’s pick as man of the match for his solid play in defense, and Brasher praised Weber and fellow center back Rudy Franco for their efforts in defense.
Tanche leads comeback
Three days earlier, Sequim needed a big comeback against a familiar foe to stay unbeaten on the young season.
Tanche scored the third goal of his hat trick at 79 minutes to cap a three-goal, 5-4 comeback win at Port Angeles.
The late strike answered a tying penalty kick score by the Riders’ Andrew St. George in the 78th minute, St. George’s second goal of the game.
“Pretty incredible — one of the better PA-Sequim games in recent memory,” Brasher said.
It was all Port Angeles to open the match. Brothers Stuart and Andrew Methner were active at the start for Port Angeles, combining to earn a direct free kick just outside the 18-yard box. St. George converted the free kick attempt, slotting the ball high and right for a 1-0 lead.
Stuart Methner chased down the ball in the eighth minute and dribbled around Sequim goalie Thomas-Brenske for a 2-0 lead in the eighth minute.
PA goalkeeper Anton Kathol cleared the ball three-quarters of the way down the field to Stuart Methner, who beat the goalie low and left for a three-goal advantage in the 20th minute.
But the game turned in Sequim’s favor when senior defender Brandon Benson saved another certain Port Angeles goal from reaching the net with a clearance at the goal line.
Sequim’s Funston followed up with a 24th minute goal for a 3-1 halftime score.
“When Sequim got that first one back they got a little life,” Port Angeles coach Chris Saari said. “And we went into halftime with that 3-1 lead and we knew if they got the next one it would be a barn-burner.”
Tanche said getting the goal before halftime was big for the Wolves’ confidence.
“When we scored we knew we could take that energy and comeback,” Tanche said.
Tanche slammed a shot off the crossbar in the two minutes into the second half and earned and converted a penalty kick in the 48th. Eight minutes later, Tanche dribbled through two defenders and shot low and right to tie the score at 3-all.
Tolberd put Sequim ahead 4-3 in the 69th minute on a back-door goal off a ball flicked forward by Funston.
Port Angeles was awarded a penalty soon after and St. George scored again to tie it up, but Sequim answered almost immediately, as Tanche found the net for the third time.
“In the second half, I got a lot of good balls and I felt like I made a difference,” Tanche said.
Brasher had praise for Brandon Wagner, a freshman who came on in the second half and helped Sequim control the ball.
“A really calm and composed freshman,” Brasher said. “He played really well.”
Sequim knocked off Olympic 2-1 on March 18; details were not available at press time.
Sequim takes on league rival North Kitsap at home on March 20, then hosts a non-league match-up with 1A Klahowya on March 22. The Wolves are at North Mason before hosting defending league champ Kingston on March 28.
Peninsula Daily News sports reporter Michael Carman contributed to this report.