Vikings turn back Tides in shutout win

POULSBO — The North Kitsap Vikings soccer squad put another notch in its axe as it took a swing at the Gig Harbor Tides Thursday and walked off the pitch with a 3-0 shutout. But the victory was more important than it might have appeared, pointed out Vikings coach Chris May.

POULSBO — The North Kitsap Vikings soccer squad put another notch in its axe as it took a swing at the Gig Harbor Tides Thursday and walked off the pitch with a 3-0 shutout.

But the victory was more important than it might have appeared, pointed out Vikings coach Chris May.

“It was a very big win for us. Especially in our last (Narrows) league game of the regular season. The whole team stepped up,” May said. “We played solid defense the whole game. It was amazing.”

North’s defense turned in one of its most impressive performances of the year against Gig Harbor (6-3-2). Goalie Nate May posted a shutout, compiling a total of 11 saves when it was all said and done.

On the offensive end of the field, Jon Luc Klinker struck first for North scoring on an unassisted goal in the 15th minute. J.J. Gilson gave North a 2-0 lead at halftime scoring on a perfect pass from Kevin Joines in the 25th minute.

While North (7-5-2) held a 2-0 lead for much of the second half, few expected North’s third goal of the evening to be something so spectacular.

Gilson scored in perhaps the most unique way a soccer player can. Klinker sent a perfect ball into the middle of the field, Gilson showed his athletic talent, uncorking a bicycle kick hitting nothing but net for the Vikings’ third and final goal of the evening.

“The whole team just stopped,” May said. “Everyone was totally amazed by that shot.”

As postseason play rapidly approaches the Vikings are firing on all cylinders. The Narrows League playoffs begin May 2.

“It’s a total team effort. Everybody is doing their part,” May said. “We’re peaking at the right time and it’s a good time to do it since we’re so close to the playoffs.”

May said he thinks his team can make some noise in the postseason.

“Everybody on our team feels really good about our chances,” May said. “We were pretty pumped up tonight. It’s a real momentum builder for us. We’re ready for it.”

More in Sports

Makayla Stockman winds up to pitch for the Vikings. Steve Powell/File Photos
NK girls make it to state the hard way

Competitions took place last weekend to see who would advance to the… Continue reading

Senior catcher Colton Bower was a big reason for NK’s success this season. He will be on scholarship to play for Washington State University next year.
NK baseball stunned in 1st round at state

North Kitsap’s baseball team won over 20 games and only lost a… Continue reading

Pitcher Noah Sorensen moved the ball around and struck out a number of Pirates.
NK wins district title, on to state

Kingston wins 1 before being eliminated

The free fishing derby put on by the Lions Club is Saturday in Poulsbo. Courtesy Photo
Free fishing derby Saturday in Poulsbo

The Poulsbo Noon Lions Club is hosting a “Hooked on Fish Derby”… Continue reading

Colton Bower of NK dives safely back to first base after hitting a single in the first inning. Zach Duffy of BHS applies the tag. Steve Powell/North Kitsap Herald
NK falls to league-leading Bainbridge

You can bet the North Kitsap Viking outfielders are going to be… Continue reading

.
NK baseball team keeps winning

North Kitsap The Vikings beat Columbia River in baseball 10-7 and Ridegefield… Continue reading

Kingston goalie Carter Krantz jumps up to make a save under crowded conditions against Olympic. Krantz and the Bucs shut out the visitors 1-0. Krantz’s booming kicks also were a powerful offensive weapon for the Bucs, keeping Olympic on the defensive side of the field. Steve Powell/North Kitsap Herald photos
Kingston’s defense blanks Olympic in soccer

Kingston has a strong defense, and it needed every bit of it… Continue reading

Kaden Schaefer of Kingston signs a letter of intent to play college soccer, while brother Zander, 5, looks on with admiration. Steve Powell/North Kitsap Herald photos
Buc scores college soccer scholarship

Once Kaden Schaefer got to high school, he started to think maybe… Continue reading

Ian ‘J.R.’ Ritche
Outdoor prep sports spring into action

The Bainbridge Spartan baseball team returns one of the top pitchers in… Continue reading

Owen Scheer tees off for Bainbridge in a match at Kingston. Steve Powell/Bainbridge Island Review Photos
BI, Kingston split golf matches

Bainbridge In girls golf last week, Bainbridge beat Kingston 230 to 264.… Continue reading

Viet Tran of Kingston follows through on his second shot after missing the numerous sand trips off the tee on Hole 1 at White Horse Golf Club. Steve Powell/North Kitsap Herald photos
Kingston splits golf matches against Bainbridge

Kingston In girls golf last week, Bainbridge beat Kingston 230 to 264.… Continue reading

Junior captain Elise Walters was the medalist for Bainbridge in the match against Sequim. Lucy Rector/Courtesy Photos
Defending champs start year with win over Sequim

The Olympic League defending champion Spartans started off the season last week… Continue reading