By David Pan | May 03, 2018 Edmonds Beacon Article
King’s heads into this week’s 1A District boys soccer tournament on a high note.
The Knights posted their most significant victory of the season when they knocked off three-time defending 2A state champion Archbishop Murphy 3-1 in a Cascade Conference game on Tuesday, April 24.
“That was a big one for us,” first-year King’s coach Matt Sporn said. “It was the first time our seniors had ever beaten Archbishop Murphy.”
The way King’s pulled off the victory was surprising, at least to the Wildcats.
Archbishop Murphy led 1-0 at halftime, prompting the Knights to make adjustments. King’s switched formations in order to put more pressure up front on the Wildcats’ defense.
The changes worked.
The Knights scored three goals in a span of three minutes to stun Archbishop Murphy.
King’s Christian Engmann, Atley Shapiro and Jared McInnes found the back of the net in the 44th, 45th and 46th minutes.
“It just happened in a quick spurt before Archbishop Murphy could respond,” Sporn said.
The Knights also are getting healthy and should get a big boost with the return of senior forward Roma Billing, last year’s top offensive threat, who has been rehabbing from a back injury for the last month.
In his absence, Shapiro became the focal point for King’s offense and the senior standout responded. Shapiro leads the Knights with 15 goals.
Sophomore Ram D-E Vuong and Engmann, along with junior goalkeeper Gunnar Morehead have made the Knights one of the strongest defensive teams in the league.
“That’s our strength,” Sporn said. “We’re very difficult to score on, which allows our offense time to get going.”
The Knights were scheduled to face Lynden Christian in a 1A District semifinal game on Wednesday, May 2, after the Beacon’s deadline.
The winner advances to the district championship game at 3 p.m., Saturday, May 5, at Sultan HigSchool.