Girls Soccer: Sequim ends winless drought, tops PT

Lady Wolves travel to back-to-back games this week


Perseverance paid off for the Lady Wolves Saturday.

Sequim (0-4 in league, 2-5-1 overall) overcame their three-plus week winless streak by blanking the Port Townsend Redhawks 4-0 at home on Oct. 3.

Sequim coach Brittany Murdach said the girls have focused every game on being first on the ball and it showed against PT (0-6-2).

Sophomore Aylee Bennett scored two goals on the day with her first coming seven minutes in with an assist from defender Chloie Sparks. Five minutes later, sophomore Adare McMinn scored 12 minutes in on an assist from Nathalie Torres.

Senior Sarah Penrose scored at 27 minutes off a pass from forward Abby Hansted while Bennett finished the first half scoring at 37 minutes to go up 4-0. Raelynn Opdyke had a shot deflected that went to Bennett for the goal.

Murdach said the girls had a lot of scoring opportunities and a chance to give more girls playing time.

“This is the first step to building momentum,” she told the team.

The win comes after a 5-1 loss in North Mason on Sept. 29 and a 1-0 loss to North Kitsap on Oct. 1.

The loss to North Mason (3-1, 5-2) was rough, Murdach said.

“They scored two early goals and we couldn’t correct ourselves after that,” she said. “The girls were disappointed. It wasn’t one one of their best performances.”

Torres scored the Wolves’ lone goal with a free kick in the final two minutes.

Against North Kitsap (3-1, 8-1), Murdach said the girls fought well and stepped up their play including goalie Claire Henninger making big saves and Aylee Bennett on offense who forced the defense to make quite a few errors.

Despite the team’s sub-.500 win-loss record, Murdach said the girls have played well and have been right there in most of their games such as Kingston where they lost 1-0 due to penalty kicks.

“The girls are starting to click together,” she said. “The missing component has been getting the ball in the back of the net.”

This week, the Wolves traveled to Bremerton on Tuesday, Oct. 6, and travel to Olympic on Oct. 7. They return home Oct. 13 to host Kingston.