Young Knights racking up the victories | Boys soccer

By David Pan | Apr 04, 2019 Edmonds Beacon
King’s Ray Li boots the ball during a game against Cedar Park Christian (Bothell) last season.
The King’s boys soccer team is finding success with a young lineup.
With only two seniors on the roster, the Knights currently are tied for first place in the North Sound Conference with South Whidbey. Both teams have 3-0 league records heading into next week’s key showdown.
King’s hosts the Falcons at 7 p.m., Tuesday, April 9, at Woolsey Stadium in a game that will go a long way in determining which team will secure the league’s No. 1 seed to districts.
“We’ll get a better idea of where we are,” King’s coach Matt Sporn said of Tuesday’s contest.
But so far, the Knights have handled just about all of the challenges thrown their way so far.
King’s defeated Cedar Park Christian (Bothell) and Sultan by 8-0 margins and edged Coupeville 2-1 in its other league game.
“We’re very young,” Sporn said. “We’re starting three freshmen and four sophomores. It’s coming together.”
The Knights are bolstered by the return of senior goalkeeper Gunnar Morehead, who is headed to St. Martin’s University.
“He has this intensity about him,” Sporn said of the all-league goalkeeper.
Morehead and junior Christian Engmann were selected as co-captains and both are doing a good job with the young group of players.
“Christian and Gunner both accepted the leadership role,” Sporn said. “Both have exceeded my expectations. They are helping bring along some of the younger kids.”
Morehead said the talent level is high.
“Everybody’s good,” he said. “We’re trying to build that communication in order to have a good team.”
The defense is largely intact with Morehead, junior Ram Deo-Campo Vuong and junior Ian Richard. The lone newcomer is junior Wyatt Stanley, who is up from junior varsity
King’s has allowed only four goals in six games.
“The defense knows what they’re doing,” Morehead said.
The midfield includes a mix of returners and new faces including junior Christof Rosler, sophomore Ray Li, sophomore Max Kim and freshmen Hiroto Nasu.
“Most of these guys were role players,” Sporn said.
Sporn said that it will be important for the Knights to challenge themselves throughout the rest of the regular season in preparation for the tough competition at districts.
“The onus is on us to really make sure we’re competing in practice,” he said. “We do not want to become complacent.”
Morehead definitely will be ready to take on South Whidbey. The King’s senior said that he is good friends with three of the Falcons. The four used to play on the same club team.
“I’m looking forward to getting back on the field with them,” Morehead said.