Sumner High School’s Nicholas Phillips broke his wrist in the first game of the season.
But the junior midfielder is back now, wearing a cast with an extra layer of padding. While it’s perhaps a little cumbersome, it didn’t seem to affect his shooting against previously undefeated Peninsula on Monday night at Roy Anderson Field.
Phillips delivered the game’s lone goal on a laser strike in the 38th minute, lifting the Spartans to a big 1-0 3A South Puget Sound League victory.
“It really just came through our forwards, Jordan Butler and Drew (Wehmer) leaking up, and then just dropping it back for a nice, easy shot,” Phillips said of his goal. “They made it pretty easy for me.”
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Sumner (6-5-0 overall, 5-4-0 3A SPSL) controlled the game throughout, limiting Peninsula’s chances with strong defense.
Sumner coach Peter Voiles gives out a golden construction hard hat after every game to a deserving player. After this one, the honor went to sophomore center back Owen Leenstra.
“I thought for the most part, our back line did a great job of defending the set pieces we had to continue to defend, and just their endless free kicks into the box,” Voiles said. “(The Seahawks are) very good at that. … I think (Leenstra) really dug down and got us a result today. I thought (our defenders) did a good job of dealing with the stuff that had to deal with.”
It was the first time this season Peninsula (10-1-0, 8-1-0) tasted defeat. Coach Brad Scandrett didn’t particularly care for the flavor.
“Losses come. My message (to the team) was to feel this, feel the weight of this loss, and then don’t ever feel it again,” Scandrett said, “because we’re a better team than how we played tonight. That’s the reality of what it came down to.”
Scandrett didn’t like his team’s lack of aggressiveness, which lasted until about the final 10 or 20 minutes of the game, at which point it was too late.
“We just didn’t play,” he said. “We can’t win a game when we wait 70 minutes to decide to play. … But losses are going to come.”