Ben Holroyd walked to the penalty box knowing that if he scored, he would win a match for Sehome in the state tournament. The pressure of the moment went away as soon as he put the ball down.
“I just acted like it was practice,” Holroyd said. “It was the highlight of the season for me.”
Holroyd, a freshman and call up from C-team, helped the Mariners beat Kingston 1-0 in the first round of the Class 2A State Tournament on Tuesday, May 17, at North Kitsap High School. Neither team scored during regulation or both overtime sessions so the match headed to penalty kicks.
After five attempts, both teams had converted four goals and missed one so Holroyd stepped up to take the decisive kick. Holroyd went up the middle and Kingston’s goalie guessed to his right.
“I was planning on going there all along,” Holroyd said.
Missing out on opportunities
Despite the score being 0-0 at the end of regulation, Sehome had every opportunity to score.
Kingston’s goalie made 17 saves in the game. However, none of the Mariners’ shots on goal were clean, according to coach John Sylvester.
“It easily could have been a 4-0 game,” Sylvester said. “In soccer, one little bounce this way and one that way changes so much.”
Sylvester added that his team played like 9 out of 10 soccer players whereas Kingston played at a 7 out of 10.
Trueb has impressive day in goal
Sehome’s Devin Trueb had 10 punch-out saves during regulation but those weren’t the biggest saves he made.
After saving one penalty kick, Trueb appeared to save another before a referee said he moved before the Kingston player kicked the ball.
Sylvester disagreed with the call.
“I saw his foot flinch,” Sylvester said. “I thought that was a homer call by the refs. That’s my honest belief.”
Sehome will play Ridgefield High School in the second round of the state tournament with the time and date TBA.