Two wins and a draw last week have the Wolves atop the Olympic League standings.
Sequim started the week nearly dropping a decision to Olympic, but came back in overtime to knock off the host Trojans 2-1 on March 18.
The Wolves scored four minutes from time to force overtime and found the game winner on a Mathys Tanche penalty kick in the second extra period.
“It was fun,” Sequim coach Dave Brasher said. “It was one of those games where we had a lot of chances and just didn’t quite get them in.”
Despite trailing 1-0 since allowing a 25th minute own goal, Brasher said his players handled the situation well.
“The kids were kind of calm,” Brasher said. “We had lots of different attempts and it felt like (a goal) was going to come. Their goalkeeper was playing out of his mind. He had 10 saves at least, including a ripping shot by Mathys that probably would have broken my wrist if I tried to save it, and another shot by Adrian Funston low and to his right that was nearly in.”
Sequim out-shot Olympic 21-1 in the second half and eventually broke through in the 76th minute.
Mike McAleer bent in a free kick that found Brandon Benson on the back post, who headed it in.
Eli Gish and Ryan Tolberd had shots in the first overtime that nearly ended the game, but it was Tanche, an exchange student from Belgium, who was fouled in the penalty box after going 1-on-1 with a Trojan defender and converted the ensuing penalty kick.
McAleer earned Man of the Match for his play. Brasher said Reid Parker was solid in the central midfield.
Big win vs. Vikings
Tolberd netted a hat trick as Sequim continued their strong run of play with a shutout victory over North Kitsap at home on March 20.
Tolberd opened the scoring in the eighth minute on a cross from Tanche and also notched goals in the 12th (off an assist from Funston) and at 52nd minutes.
“Ryan Tolberd had a great game,” Brasher said.
Tanche scored just before halftime after a long throw-in by Chris Morgan.
Tolberd added to his total in the 52nd when he was fouled in the box and converted his penalty kick with a strike to the upper-right corner for his sixth goal of the season.
Tanche scored his second of the game and seventh on the season in the 58th minute when his long free kick hit the middle of the crossbar and bounced straight down and over the goal line.
Eli Gish headed in Sequim’s final tally in the 70th minute off a corner kick sent in by freshman Angel Servin.
Navy Thomas-Brenske made three saves to pick up the shutout in goal.
“Three saves, one a real nice one in the first half when a North Kitsap kid broke loose and Navy deflected it and looked like the NK player was going to run on to it and kick it in and Navy covered it up,” Brasher said.
Draw against Eagles
Sequim and Klahowya’s Eagles battled to a tie in a non-league contest on March 22.
“The stats show we kind of dominated the game,” Brasher said. “Klahowya had one chance in each half and we had five good chances in the first and four in the second. We had some good scoring opportunities but came up a little bit short.”
Tanche and Tolberd each missed on breakaway opportunities early on and Tolberd was unlucky with a shot that glanced off the Klahowya goalkeeper off the far post and right back to the keeper.
A Kristian Mingoy header beat the Eagles goalkeeper but was cleared off the goal line by a Klahowya defender.
Two second-half corner kicks produced headers that went over the top of the goal (Reid Parker) and wide (McAleer).
“We defended really well and only gave them the two chances,” Brasher said. “Rudy Franco at center back was our Man of the Match. He played really well.”
Sequim was scheduled to play at North Mason on March 26; results were not available at press time.
Sequim hosts Kingston on March 28, the Wolves’ final game before spring break. Sequim returns to action April 9 at home against Port Angeles.