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Journal photo by Emily Hanson Shelton senior keeper Riley McDougall attempts to block a North Thurston goal Oct. 16 at Highclimber Stadium. Disappointment at home Sheton soccer loses to North Thurston, plays Capital to tie By EMILY HANSON emi@masoncounty com Shelton girls soccer head coach Dan Deacon was disap- pointed in the way the Lady Highclimbers played Oct. 16, but not in how they played against North Thurston. "We held our formation well, we just didn't play the ball well," Deacon said after the Lady Rams defeated Shelton 5-1 at Highclimber Stadium. "We had as many oppor- tunities to score as they did," Deacon continued. "We just didn't have possession of the ball tonight." He said Shelton gave the ball away too often. Possession hurt the team in the first half in particular. At halfle, North Thurston led 4-1. "The first time we played them this season, we were keeping our eyes on three girls," Deacon said. "We had them shut down pretty well this time." But North Thurston fresh- man Olivia Warnick shocked Shelton with a hat trick, scor- ing three of the Lady Rams' first four goals. The field's condition also af- fected the team's performance. The muddy field caused many of the girls' first steps to be more like slides. Finally, Shelton's leading scorer -- sophomore Ariana Dose -- is out for the remain- der of the season with an ankle injury received before Oct. 16. "We need to get them to have a little faith in them- selves again," Deacon said. The loss came two days af- ter Shelton played to a 4-4 tie with Capital at Highclimber Stadium. "It was a great matchup down to the last minute," Dea- con said. "Each team had great finishes and missed opportuni- ties. It could have gone either way. However, we finished the game stronger, just missing two shots within the last two minutes." Shelton (4-6-2) plays at 7 p.m. today against Lincoln at Highclimber Stadium. Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014 - Mason County Journal - Page B-3 FLY ON THE SIDELINE Shelton soccer fans loud and proud he stands for Shel- ton s Oct. 16 home soccer game weren't crowded. Perhaps 75 people were there -- that being a gen- erous estimate. But that small crowd made itself heard. As I walked the sideline of the Lady Highclimb- ers' game against North Thurston, I could hear nearly every word from the stands. This isn't an unusual occurrence at soccer games. I don't know if it's be- cause there are fewer people in attendance, but the crowd at soccer games is just louder. They chant. They hoot. They holler. They boo. They make themselves heard, whether they're supporting the home team or bashing the away team. That's the most fun part of going to soccer games. For me at least. I enjoy listening to what the fans have to say. Ear- lier this season, when Shel- ton played North Mason to a tie, one fan called out loudly, "Ties should be illegal!" Last week, Shelton fans made their disappointment clear each time North Thur- ston scored a goal -- the Rams won 5-1. It wasn't just Shelton fans in attendance. By EMILY HANSON Unlike many Shelton home games, when there are few if any away-team supporters, there was a strong contingent of North Thurston fans in the stands. I know this be- cause I could hear them cheer on the Lady Rams each time they approached the goal. I could hear their groans of disap- pointment whenever the Shelton keeper made a stop. How is it possible for such a small group to be more vocal than the packed stands at a football game? Is the crowd louder be- cause there's more space around the people, so their voices carry farther and echo in the nearly empty stands? Because soccer is a quiet- er game than football, does that make the crowd easier to hear? Could itbe a combina- tion of the two? Or could it be that soc- cer fans are just more vocal than football fans in Shel- ton? Whatever the case, the fans make attending soc- cer games more entertain- ing. I hope they continue to support the Lady High- climbers in the few re- maining home games this season. I hope to see this level of fan commitment at other home games this year, too. SPORTS BRIEFS NMHS soccer wins 2, loses I game The North Mason girls soccer team won two of its three games last week. On Oct. 14, Raven Wolfe scored a hat trick -- three goals -- in the Lady Bulldogs' 6-1 victory at Chimacum. The team then lost 6-0 Oct. 16 at home against North Kitsap. Finally, North Mason defeated Se- quim 3-2 Saturdayat home. "Sequim was a closely fought battle which we should have won by more," head coach Mitchell James said. The Lady Bulldogs (6-4-1) play at 6:45 p.m. today against Olympic at Phil Pugh Stadium. Lady Bulldogs fall in three games The North Mason volleyball team lost in three games Oct. 16 at home. North Kitsap beat the Lady Bull- dogs 25-8, 25-10, 25-3. "Our team battled to defend against a strong offense," head coach Kanoe Lilly said. "It was a difficult fight, but there was a fight." Despite the loss, six North Mason girls -- seniors Jennifer Beattie and Samantha Leaptrot, junior Tabitha Jones, sophomores Shawna Ferrell and Sydney Garrett and freshman Lilly Campbell -- served at 100 per- cent. "As we look back at this loss, all that we can do is try to learn from our mistakes and use those things in our future matches," Lilly said. The Lady Bulldogs (4-7) play at 6:15 tonight at home against Olympic. Compiled by sports reporter Emily Hanson 360.426.4743