Knights stun Falcons with two last-minute goals | Boys soccer

King’s beats South Whidbey 3-2 in 1A District title game
By David Pan | May 09, 2019 Edmonds Beacon
King’s Gunnar Morehead celebrates after scoring the winning goal on a free kick against South Whidbey in the 1A District championship game Saturday, May 4, at Shoreline Stadium.
The odds were stacked against King’s.
With about a minute left in regulation, the Knights trailed North Sound Conference champion South Whidbey 2-1 in the 1A District boys soccer championship game.
The Falcons had defeated King’s twice during the regular season, the most recent 2-0 in the final regular season game in late April.
But then the improbable happened when sophomore Jack McCallister broke through an opening in the Falcon defense and punched in a goal to tie the score with about a minute left in the game.
Then with time running out, the near impossible happened. South Whidbey was called for a foul, setting up a free kick for King’s at about the Falcon 40-yard-line.
Senior goalkeeper Gunnar Morehead left the goal to come up and take the kick.
Morehead’s booming kick somehow made it past the outstretched arms of South Whidbey goalkeeper Julian Inches to give the Knights a stunning 3-2 victory Saturday, May 4, at Shoreline Stadium.
“I was just trying to put it somewhere in the box,” said Morehead, one of only two seniors on the Knights’ roster.
King’s coach Matt Sporn credited his team’s relentless work ethic in the final minute for the come-from-behind victory.
“I saw our kids work just as hard as they did all game,” Sporn said. “We got the bounces we needed for it to go our way at the very end. It was a great match.”
King’s (10-3-1) clinched a berth to the 1A state tournament with the victory. The Knights take on Overlake in the Bi-District title game at 3 p.m., Saturday, May 11, at Sultan High School. South Whidbey faces Bush in a loser-out contest on Thursday, May 9.
McCallister didn’t recall much about the game-tying goal other than the assist was by Ian Richards.
“We knew it was going to be hard (to tie the score). We thought we could do it,” McAllister said.
Sporn wasn’t surprised that McAllister came up with a key score.
“These past few weeks, he’s been working as hard as he’s worked all season,” Sporn said. “It’s really starting to pay off.”
Morehead added that the Knights weren’t focused on the scoreboard.
“Our team is the type of team that fights until the end no matter what,” he said. “Even when we’re down 2-1, the scoreboard isn’t on our minds. It’s just trying to get something in the back of the net.”
Sporn admitted he thought the game was headed for overtime when Morehead prepared to send the ball toward the South Whidbey goal.
“He made a fantastic goal on the last play of the game,” Sporn said. “He scored a goal on probably one of the best goalies in 1A, if not the state.”
King’s success this season is somewhat surprising since the Knights had to rebuild after graduating a large senior class. The Knights have six freshmen and five sophomores this season.
“It’s crazy because last year we had a lot of seniors, as many seniors as freshmen this year,” McCallister said. “We’ve already gone farther than we did last year. It’s a great feeling.”
Sporn noted this Saturday’s game was the first time the King’s had its complete roster against the Falcons.
“We’ve had our full lineup,” Sporn said. “We’ve always been missing one or two pieces, so we knew coming out they hadn’t seen us yet at our best.”