Depleted Knights fall 5-0 to Wildcats | Boys soccer
King’s faced an uphill battle in its clash with Archbishop Murphy.
About half of the Knights’ varsity team missed Monday’s game due to spring break.
The Wildcats, the defending 2A state champions, took full advantage and easily defeated King’s 5-0 in a Cascade Conference boys soccer contest at Archbishop Murphy High School’s Terry Ennis Stadium.
Many of King’s players were on mission trips, which meant that Knights coach Sam Hartman was forced to bring up many junior varsity players.
“It’s just tough … when this happens right in the middle of our season,” Hartman said. “My challenge to the guys was to have heart and battle and challenge and try to teach a life lesson. In these games, even when life throws you hard situations, there’s a choice in how you respond to it. I thought we did well. We battled.
“A lot of them have never been on a varsity field before. It was a good experience for our young kids.”
King’s sophomore goalkeeper Gunnar Morehead kept the game scoreless with some spectacular saves until 21 minutes into the first half when Mitchell Lovell scored what was the first of five Wildcat goals.
“He came up halfway through the year last year and earned his spot on varsity,” Hartman said. “He’s a bright spot for us today and definitely for our future.”
King’s hosts Cedar Park Christian - Bothell at 2 p.m., Saturday, April 8, and then will have its full roster of players back next week.
The Knights (2-2-1 in the league, 5-2-2 overall) will face Archbishop Murphy (4-0, 7-0) in the final regular season game on Tuesday, April 25.
“We’re looking forward to when Archbishop Murphy comes our way and we can have our full team,” Hartman said. “Hopefully, we’ll give them a little bit more of a challenge.”