POULSBO — The Vikings rang up goals faster than a supermarket checker in the first few minutes of Saturday’s game against Klahowya.
Only three minutes had passed when Viking Shannon Smalley whipped a pass to Megan Hyte, who kicked the ball past Eagles goalie Alicia Langdon for the game’s first goal.
Five minutes had not yet gone by when Hyte crossed a pass to a rushing Abby Tillotson, who kicked the ball in from 10 yards away.
From there, things slowed down … but only a little.
North Kitsap scored two more goals that half and allowed only one Eagles score on their way to a 4-1 win.
Eagles’ coach Troy Oelschlager, who is aware that his Nisqually-League based team has fewer students to try out than the Vikings, said, “We were outskilled and outspeeded. Obviously, they’re a bigger school with more kids.”
The Vikings’ speed was evident in the first half. After the opening goals by Hyte and Tillotson, they scored twice more — once when Hyte lashed the ball into the net during a penalty kick, and against when she dribbled around an Eagles defender, then eluded an onrushing Langdon for her third goal of the game.
While only two of the goals were assisted, North Kitsap head coach Teri Ishihara liked the Vikings’ passing game in the first half, which resulted in plenty of scoring opportunities.
But Langdon proved resilient, stopping several shots, including a blast by Hyte, a quick shot by Kim Skelly, and Rosie Zadra boot that Langdon reached just in time to stop.
The Eagles’ opportunities were not as plentiful, with the best real threat of the first half, a shot by midfielder Jessica Squires, rolling just right of the goal.
The Eagles (2-5, 2-2 L) did connect on one play. Almost through the second half, Klahowya’s Laura Dana fired and was stopped by NK goalie Kamryn Morgan. The ball bounced back into the box,
and forward Britini Hintz fired it into the net.
North Kitsap (4-1-1, 2-1-1 L) hosted Shelton on Oct. 1; results were unavailable at press time. They will visit Central Kitsap at 7 p.m. Oct. 3.