League champs for the first time since 2009, Sequim’s boys soccer squad locked up a top seed with three games remaining on their 2019 slate.
The Wolves (10-0-0 in Olympic League, 10-0-2 overall) started the week with an 8-0 rout of Olympic — a far cry from a March 18 match-up that saw Sequim need late scores to edge the Trojans 2-1.
“I think that was part of it; we wanted to kind of show that was an aberration,” Sequim head coach Dave Brasher said.
Ryan Tolberd tallied a hat trick and Mathys Tanche scored twice.
Sean Weber had a score off a header in the first minute. Eli Gish had a goal and Spanish exchange student Rodrigo Silva-Carrasco had the Wolves’ final goal — on his birthday.
“Rodrigo was Man of the Match for us,” Brasher said. “It was Rodrigo’s birthday; he scored a goal and also had an assist for us.”
Brasher said Adrian Funston had a pair of assists, Keith Wilwert notched an assist off the bench, Christian Gonzalez played well and freshman Ethan Knight was solid up front while playing most of the second half.
On April 19, Sequim dominated a second match-up with North Kitsap, this time getting a 6-1 road victory on the Vikings’ turf in Poulsbo.
The Wolves picked up six goals by six different players
“(We were) spreading the wealth and playing really well,” Brasher said. “It was a nice way to clinch the league.”
Sequim put three goals in the net in the first half to take a firm grip on the game. The Wolves got on the board in the 13th minute, scoring off a long throw-in by Brandon Benson. Tanche let the ball slip by to Tolberd, who headed it in.
At the 27-minute mark, Tolberd slipped a low, line-drive pass to Kristian Mingoy who skipped it past the Viking keeper for a 2-0 lead.
Gish headed in a corner kick sent in by Reid Parker in the 36th for a 3-0 halftime lead.
Sequim kept it going early in the second half, scoring when Tanche took a short corner kick on the left side and whipped in a cross that was headed in for a goal by Mike McAleer in the 43rd minute.
Tanche earned and converted a penalty kick three minutes later to go up 5-0, and Parker added the Wolves’ last goal in stoppage time.
Brasher said Adrian Funston was the Man of the Match for Sequim.
“Adrian has just been playing great,” Brasher said. “He controlled the midfield and started one of the corner kicks that we scored on.”
Sequim was scheduled to play April 23 at Port Townsend; results were not available at press time.
Sequim is at Klahowya on April 24. The Wolves celebrate their seniors at their final home match of the season set for April 26 against North Mason.
Sequim closes out the regular season with an April 29 game at Kingston.