Local soccer teams kick their way into elimination round

Commissioners' Cup play continues this weekend.

KINGSTON — Three North Kitsap soccer teams are still alive and kicking in the state-level Fred Myers Commissioners’ Cup.

And they’re bringing the show home this weekend.

The girls’ U-15 Phoenix, girls’ U-11 Ambush, and boys’ U-15 Stinky Pigs will all take the field at Kingston Junior High today and tomorrow, trying to advance in one of the largest tournaments in the state.

Darryl Wilder, who coaches both Ambush and Stinky Pigs, said the Kitsap-based teams can sneak up on those from across the water.

“The thing about North Kitsap being a small club, is that no one knows us, but when we play teams ,we give them a run for their money,” Wilder said.

The first North Kitsap team to take the field will be Phoenix, a team composed of players from North, Central and South Kitsap that charged into the tournament and grabbed a 3-1 record, claiming three games in a row to move on to the elimination round.

They will play at 10 a.m. today.

The team includes Kari Corey, Meaghen Deveraux, Taitea Dykstra, Gwen Gottlieb, Meagan Grandall, Rachel Johncock, Chelsea Larsen, Sara Liebert, Jessika Monzingo, Kamryn Morgan, Nicole Perigard, Morgan Roe, Liana Rogayan, Kim Skelly, Katie Swanlund, Justine Syverson, Jennie Trygg, and Alison White.

They will be followed by Ambush, which took first in its bracket by winning a forfeit, tying the Maruaders 1-1, and beating the FC Royals 1-0 behind a goal by Sierra Byers.

“The girls have a good attitude,” Wilder said of his 15-member team. “They have a good time and play some good ball.”

The Ambush had grabbed a 6-8 record in U11 and U12 play in district four.

Wilder’s other team, the Stinky Pigs, will take the field Sunday at 10 a.m.

It’s been a high-scoring tournament for the Pigs — “It’s definitely an attacking team,” Wilder said. “They score a lot of goals.”

That high-octane offense was most evident in the Pigs’ first game, when they topped Snohomish 8-1.

They also beat Federal Way 4-0, and most recently topped FC Defiance 6-1 behind four goals by Jonathan Critch.

Amine Ramadan had the other two goals for the Pigs, who will face the Mangolia Lions tomorrow for a chance to reach the semifinals.

The team includes Mark Anderson, Jared Bernard, Aaron Berry, John Bonham, Patrick Colegrove, Michael Hulst, Tony Lederer, Zack Mallove, Jimmy Martin, Stefan Nickum, Amine Ramadan, Cole Russell, Chad Wilder, and Jonathan Critch.

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