Sequim edges Kingston for third win

The Sequim soccer team got a golden goal winner in overtime from Natayla James to beat Kingston 2-1 on March 13.

The win snapped a four-game losing streak for the Wolves (3-5), who had struggled to score in those losses.

Rileigh Van Dyken assisted on James’ game-winner.

Abby Schroeder had the Wolves’ other goal, scoring unassisted on a free kick from about 25 yards out, Sequim coach Derek Vander Velde said.

He said Addie Smith also played well in goal, as did Kaia Lestage, a freshman on defense.

“They played really well. They’re working on making better connections. They did a really good job,” Vander Velde said. “There’s been a few hiccups this year but we’re making a good amount of progress.”

The Wolves played tightly with the Class 1A Klahowya Eagles but couldn’t put things together offensively in a 2-0 loss at home on March 9.

“It was 0-0 at halftime, and we kind of fell apart a little bit,” Vander Velde said. “The girls did play a really good game in both halves. We just were having a hard time finding connections in that last (offensive) third (of the field), and there were some miscommunications which led to their goals.”

Vander Velde said freshman Mikkiah Winter performed well at left back.

“She was able to show off her speed and agility and was able to close down one of Klahowya’s better players,” he said.

Fellow freshmen Lestage at center back and Taryn Johnson at forward also received praise for their performances.

Sequim was scheduled to cap their shortened “fall” season at home on March 16 against Olympic’s Trojans; results were not available at press time.

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