King’s blanked at Bi-Districts | Boys soccer

By David Pan | May 17, 2018

King’s came up a game short of a fourth straight appearance at the 1A state boys soccer tournament.

Seattle Academy ended the Knights’ postseason run with a 2-0 victory in a winner-to-state/loser-out Bi-District tournament game Saturday, May 12, at Sammamish High School.

“Seattle Academy was a very solid team and well-coached,” King’s coach Matt Sporn said. “They were more than we could handle.”

The Knights trailed 1-0 at halftime and then fell behind 2-0 when Seattle Academy scored early in the second half.

“The first one we had poor clearance. We did a poor job of getting the ball out of our end. They were able to knock it in,” Sporn said.

Seattle Academy’s second goal came off a free kick about 18 yards out. The ball was placed in the upper right hand corner of the goal.

“We had a couple of good chances,” Sporn said. “Their goalie made a couple of nice saves.”

King’s was missing one starter who suffered an injury earlier in the week and another starter played but was hampered by a back injury.

The loss was especially disappointing for the team’s seven seniors, who Sporn praised as fantastic leaders.

“We really wanted to get them a little bit farther,” he said. “It just wasn’t meant to be.”

Players, such as Atley Shapiro, Jonathan Chen and Jared McInnes are going to be hard to replace, Sporn added.

The Knights return junior goalkeeper Gunnar Morehead and also a talented group of freshmen who saw significant action this season.

“I think the future looks good,” said Sporn, who completed his first season as head coach. “We have a good foundation to build on and I look forward to next season.”

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