Balanced offensive attack lifts Knights past Eagles | Boys soccer

King’s only loss this year is to defending 2A state champions
By David Robert Pan | Apr 12, 2018
Photo by: David R Pan Senior Jase Fransen scored King’s first goal in a 6-1 victory over Cedar Park Christian (Bothell) in a Cascade Conference game Saturday, April 7, at Cedar Park Christian High School.

King’s wrapped up the first half of the regular season with a decisive victory over Cedar Park Christian (Bothell).

Four different Knights scored to lead the Knights to a 6-1 victory over the Eagles in a Cascade Conference boys soccer game Saturday, April 7, at Cedar Park Christian High School.

Both teams were missing a number of their starters due to spring break, but King’s appeared to handle the absences better.

“We didn’t play to the level we’ve played before, but we got the job done,” said senior Jase Fransen, who scored the Knights’ first goal about a minute into the contest. “But we got the job done. That’s all that matters. We moved some players around and they stepped up. Some younger players came up from JV and really played their part.”

Seniors Marcus VanderWel and Jared McInnes each scored two goals and sophomore Christian Engmann had the other goal.

“I’m proud of the guys. It’s not easy to have a week off from school and come out here on a Saturday evening in the cold and rain,” King’s coach Matt Sporn said. “It gave us an opportunity for some other kids to come in and play, who normally maybe wouldn’t get as much time. I thought they stepped up and did a good job for us.”

Following a 7-0 victory over Granite Falls on Tuesday, April 10, the Knights improved to 5-1-1 in the league and 7-1-2 overall. Jack McCallister recorded a hat trick and Roma Billing scored two goals. McInnes and Atley Shapiro each had a goal.

King’s lone loss this season was 2-1 to defending 2A state champion Archbishop Murphy on Monday, April 2, at Woolsey Stadium.

The unfortunate part of the loss was that the Wildcats’ two goals in the second half were own goals by the Knights. Senior Jonathan Chen had King’s goal.

“It was really mental mistakes that doomed us in that game,” Sporn said. “We’re able to learn from those. We had two own goals. You’re not going to win many games putting two in your own net.”

The Knights tied Cedarcrest 1-1 in a late March contest that Fransen said King’s might have pulled out.

“We had some chances to finish in the overtime and prior to that,” he said. “But we just couldn’t capitalize on it. We played a good game. I think we can get them the next time.”

King’s plays South Whidbey at 4 p.m., Friday, April 13 at Woolsey Stadium and then is on the road at Cedarcrest for a 6 p.m., Monday, April 16 rematch.

Sporn has been pleased with how the first half of the season has gone for the Knights.

“I feel good. I think that we can play with anybody in our league,” he said.

The Knights need to continue to focus on their passing and on taking advantage when scoring opportunities arise.

“We just need to make sure we’re getting the ball in the back of the net,” Sporn said. “We need to finish when we get opportunities.”

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