Kamiak edges Mount Vernon | Girls soccer

Sophomore scores game’s only goal
By David Pan | Oct 07, 2016
Photo by: David Pan Liz Thayer scored the only goal to lead Kamiak to a 1-0 victory over Mount Vernon in a Wesco 4A game Sept. 29 at Kamiak High School.

If there’s such a thing as an ugly win, then Kamiak came away with one of those last week.

The Knights, battling injuries and missing their starting goalkeeper for half the game, pulled out a 1-0 victory over a stubborn Mount Vernon squad in a Wesco 4A girls soccer game Sept. 29 at Kamiak High School.

Sophomore Liz Thayer scored the lone goal for the Knights (5-1-1 in the league, 6-1-2 overall), who currently are in second place in the league behind Lake Stevens (7-0-0, 8-1-0).

With junior forward Kailin Wiley and senior midfielder/forward Alexie Morris both slowed down by injuries, Kamiak coach Beth Stewart decided to switch Thayer from the defense to the offense.

“She’s a defender. I stuck her up at forward because I was looking for someone to mix things up a little bit,” Stewart said. “It definitely worked for us. … It was fun to see her go up and get that goal and finish an opportunity.”

The Knights would have had an easier path to victory had they been able to finish better. Kamiak outshot Mount Vernon by a significant margin (Stewart estimated the difference to be in the 25-3 range). The Knights had two shots ricochet off the crossbar, while one of the Bulldogs’ shots did the same.

“It was definitely one of those nights,” Stewart said. “At the end that (missed shots) just creates panic.”

The game ended on a foul when the Mount Vernon goalkeeper crashed into Kamiak freshman goalkeeper Stephanie Roestel. Senior goalkeeper and co-captain Ally Peterson played the first half but then had to leave for another school commitment.

“We definitely need to finish our opportunities a little bit better,” Stewart said. “But a win is a win. We’ll take it.”

Defender Emily Kerr was another Kamiak player who stepped in as a defender and helped to preserve the shutout.

“She did a nice job,” Stewart said.

Kamiak beat Glacier Peak 4-0 on Oct. 3 in the last game of the first half of the regular season.

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