Mount Rainier soccer eliminates South KitsapMay 11th, 2013 by jeff graham
South Kitsap’s boys soccer team had to make a late push in the
season just to make the playoffs.
Facing Mount Rainier on Saturday in a Class 4A West Central/Southwest District tournament game at Bethel High School, the Wolves couldn’t make up ground any longer.
Paced by Isaac Gettis’ hat trick, Mount Rainier eliminated South Kitsap from the postseason with a 4-0 victory. The Rams, who are coached by former Kitsap Pumas captain Steve Mohn, advance to face Ferris next week in the first round of state.
Gettis scored goals in the 15th and 16th minutes to help stake Mount Rainier to a 3-0 lead at halftime. His third goal came off a free kick in the 67th minute.
Gettis, who’ll play next season at UC Irvine, came into the game with three goals for the Rams (11-2-4).
“He stepped up big today,” Mohn said.
South Kitsap could not overcome what coach Cory Vartanian described as three mental mistakes in the first half that led to the there goals against.
“Games like this, can’t have ‘em,” said Vartanian, whose team finished the season at 7-6-2.
Vartanian said he was proud of his players, especially his seniors, who endured two coaching changes over the past three seasons.
Those seniors helped South Kitsap win three of its final four games to clinch a district playoff berth.
“Two weeks ago, we were in sixth,” Vartanian said. “You can’t give enough credit to the seniors.”