Grace Smelcer of the North Mason (12) fights with Catie Brown (2) of Port Angeles in a steady downpour Monday at Wally Sigmar Field. Port Angeles won the game 6-0. (Dave Logan/for Peninsula Daily News)

Grace Smelcer of the North Mason (12) fights with Catie Brown (2) of Port Angeles in a steady downpour Monday at Wally Sigmar Field. Port Angeles won the game 6-0. (Dave Logan/for Peninsula Daily News)

PREP SOCCER ROUNDUP: Riders rain goals on the Bulldogs

Sequim keeps pace in battle for Olympic League title

PORT ANGELES — The Port Angeles girls soccer team began an unusual week of three games in four days with a 6-0 drubbing of North Mason in near-typhoon conditions Monday night at Wally Sigmar Field.

These games, part of nine home volleyball and soccer games in Sequim and Port Angeles this week, are matches rescheduled from September. Those matches were canceled due to COVID-19 protocols at other schools.

The Roughriders won their sixth match in a row via shutout and exended their current scoreless streak to more than 480 minutes. The victory put Port Angeles a game out of first place behind North Kitsap with a league record of 9-3.

“I was very happy with the win,” said coach Scott Moseley. “They played us tight [a 2-0 win for Port Angeles] a few weeks ago, and we needed this win to improve our postseason seeding. I challenged the girls to come out strong, which they did. A total performance on offense and defense.”

The Riders finished the game with 34 shots and 19 on goal, while the Bulldogs managed just one shot. Moseley credited the strong play of defensive center midfielder Anna Petty for the stingy defense.

“Nothing really got by her all game — a dominating effort by her tonight,” Moseley said.

Petty credited the team for playing so well.

“I felt our team had the momentum all game and controlled the game. Everyone played well,” Petty said.

Petty started the scoring in the seventh minute with a 20-yard shot low to the goalkeeper’s right on a Bailee Larson assist. Petty added a second goal in the 33rd minute, this time unassisted. Larson got on the board in the 37th minute when defender Paige Mason had a clearance to Larson, who went one-on-one to the goal and finished with a shot just under the bar.

The second half saw the Riders continue to dominate with goalkeeper Saylah Commerton not touching the ball the entire half.

Lily Sanders earned the Riders’ fourth goal, placing a shot in the net at the far post. With two minutes left in the match, Mikaela Baier took a pass from Petty and lofted a shot over the Bulldogs’ keeper to make it 5-0.

Larson finished out the game in the 79th minute with another 20-yard blast.

Larson credited the team for how it made in-game adjustments to break down the Bulldogs.

“Our team does really well with instruction, so if something doesn’t go well. We talk and figure out what to do next time. I thought we played as a unit and we were having fun on the field,” she said.

The Roughriders have a good shot to finish 11-3 in league. They played Tuesday night against Kingston (0-11) and complete their regular season at Wally Sigmar Field at 6 p.m. Thursday with a game against Bremerton (2-9).

Sequim 5, Kingston 0

SEQUIM — The Sequim Wolves got back-to-back games with Kingston on Thursday and Monday and outscored the Buccaneers 11-0 in a pair of wins to improve to 9-4 in league, continuing to be in the middle of a three-team logjam at the top of the Olympic 2A League.

Taryn Johnson had her fourth hat trick of the year Monday in a 5-0 win over the Bucs.

“Taryn is just amazing. She’s either assisting or scoring,” said coach Ken Garling. She also had a pair of goals in Thursday’s 6-0 win over Kingston.

Hannah Wagner also scored two goals. She drew a foul in the box and converted the penalty kick for one, and the other came on an assist from Alex Solis.

Addie Smith and Wagner combined in goal for the shutout.

Monday’s win was the Wolves’ third straight. Sequim has also outscored its opponents 17-0 over that stretch, getting hot at the end of the regular season, which comes to a close today with a home game against North Mason.

“It’s always good to start hitting your forms at the end of the season. Hopefully that translates into a postseason push,” Garling said.

Garling said that while the Wolves have been getting a lot of scoring this year, especially from Johnson and Wagner, defense has been the key this year.

“I can’t say enough about our defenders,” he said.

The Wolves play at 6:45 p.m. today against a 6-7 Bulldogs squad. Port Angeles is 9-3 with two games left to play and North Kitsap is 10-3 with a road game left at a good 3A Bainbridge team (which counts in the league standings). There is a possibility of a three-way tie for first place if the Wolves win, North Kitsap loses, and Port Angeles splits its last two games.

East Jefferson 2, Annie Wright 2

TACOMA — East Jefferson had a bit of a frustrating match against Annie Wright, missing some starters, not getting time to warm up because of blocked traffic on the way to the game and then played the end of the second half in twilight because of no lights at Annie Wright’s field.

Worst of all, the Rivals let a 2-0 lead slip away in the second half. They settled for a tie to end their regular season and now sit back and wait to see when or where they begin playing in the postseason.

“All things considered, we did OK,” said coach Robert Cantley.

Ava Shiflett had both goals for East Jefferson. She got her first goal on a penalty kick in the first half, then scored “on a really good through ball” from Iris Mattern early in the second half.

Annie Wright got a goal after a ball went off an East Jefferson defender on a corner kick, then got some momentum and scored the equalizer late.

“We had more chances to score and win, but we couldn’t put the ball in,” Cantley said.

Now, East Jefferson, which finished 3-5-3 in league play (4-5-3 overall), is in a complicated situation. It has to be determined if some cancellations early this season due to COVID-19 protocols count as forfeits. The Rivals will end up in either fourth or fifth place in the league depending on what decision is made.

Cantley said the Rivals will play a postseason match Friday or Saturday, possibly against Annie Wright again. That game could end up being played at Peninsula College.

Napavine 3, Forks 1 Forks 7, Ilwaco 1

FORKS — The Forks girls soccer team has won three out of its last four games to qualify for the postseason.

The Spartans beat Ilwaco 7-1 on Saturday, then lost Monday 3-1 to Napavine, snapping their three-game winning streak.

“My girls have been on fire,” said coach Tracy Gillette. Keira Johnson had a hat trick in Saturday’s win, while Peyton Johnson scored two goals. Candida-Rose Sandoval and Apsen Rondeau also scored goals.

Johnson also had Forks’ goal Monday.

“The girls played absolutely amazing. Aspen scored from the defender position. I couldn’t be prouder of my girls and how well they have played this season,” Gillette said.

The Spartans (3-5 in the Pacific 2B League) have one game left in the regular season, hosting Ocosta at 6 p.m. Thursday with a chance for a fourth-place seed in the postseason.

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