King’s stays in hunt for state tourney | Boys soccer

By David Pan | May 10, 2018
Photo by: David R Pan King’s Jared McInnes waits for the ball to drop against Lynden Christian.

King’s achieved its main objective at the 1A District boys soccer tournament by advancing to this week’s 1A Bi-District tournament.

The Knights beat Lynden Christian 3-0 on Wednesday, May 2, at Woolsey Stadium to clinch a Bi-District playoff berth. Christian Engmann, Roma Billing and Jace Fransen each scored a goal to lead the Knights.

King’s then lost 1-0 to Cascade Conference rival South Whidbey in the district title contest Saturday, May 5, at Sultan High School.

“It’s not the storybook ending we were hoping for,” King’s coach Matt Sporn said. “But we are moving on.”

The Knights are scheduled to face Seattle Academy in a winner-to-state/loser-out game at 11 a.m., Saturday, May 12 at Sammamish High School.

King’s defeated the Falcons (11-5-2) twice during the regular season but both were close games decided by one goal.

“Every time we played them it’s been a battle,” Sporn said.

The Knights (12-3-2) had a couple of scoring opportunities they should have capitalized on, Sporn added.

But South Whidbey’s stingy defense was tough to crack.

“We had trouble getting off quality shots off of their defense,” Sporn said.

A foul in the penalty box in the 37th minute gave the Falcons’ a golden opportunity and they cashed in with the only goal of the game.

Sporn is hoping King’s learns from the loss.

“We’re fortunate that we had this bump early during a non-elimination game,” he said. “Maybe it will help us to refocus and get us on the right foot again.”

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