POULSBO — Throw out the record books when the North Kitsap and Olympic girls soccer teams get together. Over the past few years, no matter which directions the teams are trending, these two squads have given each other everything they could handle.
On Tuesday night, for the seventh consecutive time, the Vikings and the Trojans went to penalty kicks. North Kitsap prevailed thanks to conversions from Charlotte Bond, Audrey Zinn, Emily DeLay and Elizabeth Kimmel as they took the shootout 4-3 and the match, 2-1.
Kiarra Richards, Ryleigh Barrett and Jasmine Gist scored in the shootout for Olympic.
The Vikings dominated the run of play, especially in the second half, but missed out on a few chances to avoid overtime against Olympic for the first time since 2015.
“It definitely wasn’t one of our better performances,” said head coach Greg St. Peter. “We’ve had a tough three games.”
They had to go on the road last week to Port Angeles and Sequim, which are always two tough places to play. The Vikings beat Sequim on penalty kicks, 2-1, and then lost to first place Port Angeles, 5-0. They were hoping for a bounce back performance against Olympic, and they pulled out the victory and picked up two important points despite not playing their sharpest.
“They’ve got a lot of character and a lot of heart,” St. Peter said.
Center forward Kamora McMillian gave the Vikings a spark early, converting on a quick turnaround shot in the penalty area after taking a pass from Bond. They displayed their quick strike capability as DeLay sent a long pass from her own half that hit Bond in stride and she was able to chip it over to the striker McMillian. All she needed was a tiny opening and she sent a rocket flying into the back of the net.
About seven minutes later, North Kitsap was flagged for a handball in the box. The ball hit a defender in the hand while it was up near her shoulder. That gave Richards a chance from the penalty spot and she converted to tie the game at one.
Although the Vikings weren’t able to score again in regulation, they flashed their ability to beat teams over the top with the long ball as well as put together a proper buildup through the midfield. Unfortunately, they just could not find the back of the net again.
“That’s something we try to pride ourselves on,” St. Peter said. “We want to play the right way. But we’ve got some good individuals too and it’s a matter of making them come together.”
— Mark Krulish is a reporter for Kitsap News Group. He can be reached at email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter @MKrulishKDN.