Grant Larson taking on a player during the March 11 game against Graham Kapowsin. Larson scored twice during the game.

Wolves knock Eagles off their perch in 3-0 rout


Kitsap News Group

The South Kitsap Wolves boys soccer team topped the Graham Kapowsin Eagles 3-0 in a chilly battle March 11 at Kitsap Bank Stadium.

Although head coach Cory Vartanian said his team didn’t bring their best game to the pitch, the Wolves won rather comfortably against their SPSL opponent.

It’s a great win; it always feels good to win,” Vartanian said.

“I thought we could have come out with a little more energy in the first half, but the boys responded well in the second and put two quick ones on the board. Then, basically we just sat back, parked the bus and took the victory home.”

After what started out as an even matchup in the first few minutes, the Wolves quickly took advantage on the opposite end.

Senior captain Jacob Ostrowski sent a ball to Alex Cryder, who used his speed to race toward the keeper. Isaiah Derrickson from Graham Kapowsin, however, was able beat Cryder to the ball and cleared it out for an SK throw-in.

Quinn Dick of South Kitsap was strong and consistent at the back line for the Wolves and helped keep the Eagles scoreless throughout the game.

A free kick by captain David Mansfield of the Wolves at the 42-yard line was directed to Ostrowski, but Derrickson was yet again able to get his hands on the ball just in time to keep the match scoreless.

Mansfield calmly controlled the ball in center midfield and consistently found his teammates’ feet to give the Wolves the majority of possession.

In the 11th minute, Jackson Kambich found Ostrowski on top of the box.

Ostrowski slipped a ball through the backline to captain Grant Larson. Larson then flicked the ball with the outside of his foot toward goal. Derrickson came out and made the block, however, but the deflected ball rebounded into his own player and bounced into the goal, providing the Wolves a 1-0 lead.

South Kitsap came close striking again when Larson sent a ball over the top of the defense to Eduardo De LaCruz, who was running through the backline.

De LaCruz went one-on-one with the keeper, but the offsides flag was raised to end the drive.

With more drives going forward, the Wolves continued to knock on Graham Kapowsin’s goal with shot after shot.

The Eagles had a close chance of their own when a through ball split the Wolves’ defense and Nathaniel Velez of Graham Kapowsin chased after it.

Alex Hutchison, who played in the net for the Wolves the entire game, was able to scoop the ball up at the top of the box.

A minute later, they had another opportunity when a bouncing ball heading toward the backline connected with Graham Kapowsin’s Nik Narramore, who hit a half volley that sailed just over the cross bar.

Derrickson made a big save for the Wolves with 12 minutes to go in the first half as Larson cut through the defense, one-on-one. Larson shot the ball with his left heading back post when Derrickson came out big and blocked the goal, keeping the Eagles in the game.

On the opposite end, Graham Kapowsin knocked on the door to try and even up the score. A corner kick was sent back post to be headed back across once more. Velez jumped up over his defender to get on the end of it. The ball instead went just over the crossbar and hit the post, leaving the Eagles still hungry.

The half ended with the Wolves up 1-0.

South Kitsap started off on a high note in the second half with a quick goal, one minute in.

De LaCruz dribbled the ball through the backline on the left side and finished a ball far post that the keeper was only able to get his fingertips on, upping the score to 2-0 South Kitsap.

The Eagles appeared shaken after the goal and began to pump the ball forward to try and spring a runner behind the backline, with no avail.

The Wolves were able to strike again in the 48th minute when Larson had a breakaway, sprinting past his defender at the 20-yard line into the box. One-on-one with the keeper, he was able to finish his shot into the back post side netting with is right foot to make the score 3-0.

Graham Kapowsin worked to get a goal when a ball in behind found an open player out wide. Narramore tried to find his player but Sorley was able to get there to clear it out before the Eagles got a shot off.

Through the remainder of the game, the Wolves continued to put pressure on the Eagles’ goalie who had to come off his line repeatedly to clear the ball at the top of the box to prevent breakaways by the Wolves.

Mansfield wanted a goal of his own when he played a ball across on a free kick that was cleared out to Larson on top of the box. Larson played the ball back out to Mansfield, who took a touch past his defender to rip a shot from 20 yards out so that Derrickson had to make a diving save to keep the ball out of his net.

The Eagles continued to desperately push toward goal to get on the board during the last few minutes of the game. The Wolves kept a clean sheet, however, and walked away with the 3-0 victory.

“I told the boys to stay within themselves,” Vartanian said. “If we play our game, if we keep our shape and play fast, we’re going to be able to knock the ball around.”

Next up, the Wolves face Sumner on April 14. The last time the two teams met, the Wolves walked away with a 1-0 victory.

“They’ve seen us and we’ve seen them. If we play our game, we’re going to be fine. But that’s going to be one heck of a game,” Vartanian said.

Eduardo De LaCruz on a breakaway, where he scored shortly after, giving the Wolves a 2-0 lead.

Grant Larson scoring the third and final goal in the Wolves win of the Eagles.

Defender Jackson Kambich collecting a ball in the back to take it up field.

Senior captain Jacob Ostrowski taking on a defender. Ostrowski had several close opportunities during the game.

More in Sports

No asterisks needed as championships still deserved

COVID-19 has changed many things in the sports world. Major League Baseball… Continue reading

Extracurricular activities will likely be on hold as long as most school districts remain in remote learning. Review file photo
WIAA releases next steps for return to play

There has been a groundswell of support for fall athletes returning to… Continue reading

Bainbridge running back Alex Ledbetter tries to break away from the pile during the Spartans’ 2018 opener against North Kitsap. (File photo)
A look back at some great Week 1 local prep gridiron games

Under normal circumstances, tonight fans would have gathered at high school stadiums… Continue reading

“Strong Like Her” features American powerlifter Megan Gallagher on the cover.
Kitsap native Haley Shapley features strong women in “Strong Like Her”

Says it’s OK to have muscles if you’re female

Cross country was one of the few remaining sports that had a chance to compete this fall until the decision was made to move all fall sports to spring. (Review File Photo)
PREPS: Fall seasons officially pushed to spring 2021

Cross country, boys tennis join girls swim and dive in season 3

Island resident Greg Nance pulls up to the end of Point Monroe Drive near Fay Bainbridge Park during his endurance run around Bainbridge. (Mark Krulish/Kitsap News Group)
With community encouragement, Greg Nance completes his run around Bainbridge Island

For the rare few among us who enjoy putting ourselves through the… Continue reading

Photo courtesy Pete Saloutos
                                Greg Nance, a 2007 Bainbridge High School graduate, will run the island’s entire shoreline on Aug. 18 to raise awareness for mental health issues.
BHS grad Greg Nance to run island shoreline for mental health and addiction support

On the surface, just about anyone would be envious of Greg Nance.… Continue reading

Krulish: Release the Kraken

What’s in a name? When it comes to professional sports teams, not… Continue reading

Girls swimming will be moved to season 3 in the spring after the WIAA received further guidance from the Department of Health (Review file photo)
Moving fall sports to spring provides a glimmer of hope for coaches and athletes

There’s nothing quite like combining the crisp, damp Autumn air of the… Continue reading

Nathan Adrian joined the Kitsap Athletic Roundtable in July for a talk on swimming in the Olympics, battling cancer, and growing up in Kitsap. (Kitsap Athletic Roundtable video screengrab)
The Bainbridge football team, shown here celebrating their 2019 Agate Cup win over North Kitsap, will have to wait until March of 2021 to get a chance to defend the cup. (Review file photo)
WIAA to move most fall sports to March 2021

Friday night lights won’t be returning in 2020 for high school sports… Continue reading

WIAA delays start of football season to Sept. 5

The WIAA Executive Board voted this month to delay the start of… Continue reading