"Kickers outduel wind, Olympic"
June 9, 2008 · Updated 7:32 PM
"SILVERDALE - Alex von Ries Crooks admits he's terrified of the wind at Silverdale Stadium. In fact, he gets downright defensive about it.It's actually easier for us to attack upwind there, said von Ries Crooks, coach of the Bainbridge High School boys soccer team that beat Klahowya 2-0 Saturday on the Silverdale carpet.The Spartans started off with the gusty south wind at their backs against Klahowya, but were without a goal in the first half. Normally, it's a bad thing for a team to lose its tailwind advantage without putting some goals on the board.But Bainbridge shone with the wind in its face, getting second-half goals from Matt Dick and Ashton Rezayat for the victory.The Spartans took the exact opposite tack from many Silverdale Stadium visitors, according to von Ries Crooks. Most teams play defensively when they have to go against both their opponent and the often stiff winds which rake over the already-quick artificial surface.We stayed with a more defensive lineup in the first half, and then switched with the wind, said von Ries Crooks, whose team is more accustomed to the slower natural-grass surface at their home venue and prepped for the artificial floor by working out the day before on the school's running track. We just seem more comfortable attacking into the wind.The Bainbridge JVs were also shutout winners, beating Olympic 3-0. Robby Carver, Kris Ley and Tristan Traywick scored for the Spartans.Both Bainbridge teams sport 6-2-1 records. After hosting Sequim on Tuesday, the Sparts are off until next Tuesday's showdown against league-leading and unbeaten Port Angeles at Bainbridge. Bainbridge hopes to have regular goalie Kyle Twitchell back in the nets.Twitchell had his face split open in the North Kitsap game, and the cut required 19 stitches to close. But the injury proved less serious than first feared.He was back on the practice field Friday, assistant coach Bruce Claiborne said. He looked like he'd cut himself shaving.The schedule gives Bainbridge an off-day this Thursday, which Claiborne said would be a big help going into the Port Angeles game. The schedule will help us heal up and get healthy, he said."