Kamiak’s Cooke prepares perfect recipe against Mariner | Boys soccer

Pair of headers by senior standout lifts Knights to a 3-1 win over Marauders
By David Pan | Apr 25, 2018
Photo by: David R Pan Senior Cade Cooke scored two goals to lead Kamiak to a 3-1 victory over Mariner.

Kamiak’s Cade Cooke showed that two heads are better than one.

Or rather two headers.

Cooke headed in a pair of goals to help lead the Knights to a 3-1 victory over district rival Mariner in a Wesco 4A boys soccer game Tuesday, April 17, at Goddard Stadium.

Junior Marcus Swanson recorded the assist on both of Cooke’s goals, the sixth time this season he has found his teammate.

“Marcus has been sending some good balls in and Cade just has a willingness in front of the goal,” Kamiak coach Kosta Pitharoulis said. “It’s been awesome to see him get excited to have the opportunity to score.”

Cooke’s first goal came off a corner kick by Swanson with about 30 seconds left in the first half.

The score gave the Knights a major boost as they went into halftime.

“It definitely helped because we started off the game pretty flat,” Cooke said. “They were countering us. They almost scored a couple of times. We started to get into a rhythm. We scored going into halftime.”

Kamiak kept up the pressure on the Marauders. Swanson again found Cooke in front of the goal, this time off a free kick early in the second half.

“That confidence came out and we got one in three minutes,” Cooke said. “We just controlled the rest of the game. … Sometimes we start off pretty flat and it takes a whole half to get going. I guess that’s what happened in this game.”

Junior Noah Venditto recorded Kamiak’s third goal off an assist by sophomore Yannick Rothfuss. Senior Edgar Tavares scored Mariner’s lone goal.

Pitharoulis described the first half as a feeling out process by both teams.

“We wanted to control the game and go about at our pace,” he said. “I didn’t feel like there was anything dangerous defensively that we had to worry about in the first half.”

Kamiak junior goalkeeper Connor Bourne did what Pitharoulis expected of him, which was to make all of the simple saves and also come up with at least one spectacular save during the contest.

“Connor did an awesome job of just keeping the ball out of the net,” Pitharoulis said.

Cade, a defender, agreed that Bourne’s play was solid, especially in the first half.

“He’s first-team, all-conference without a doubt,” Cooke said. “He’s the best keeper I’ve ever played with. He’s smart. He talks to us all. He’s good with his feet. He’s good with his hands.”

The Knights (6-3-1 in the league, 8-3-1 overall) put together two strong performances following a disappointing 3-1 loss to Glacier Peak during spring break. Kamiak downed Cascade 6-0 on Wednesday, April 11.

“I think it’s good to have a timely loss,” Pitharoulis said. “I think everybody kind of gets refocused a little bit. That’s what I’ve seen in the last couple of games. I’ll take nine goals in two games.”

The Knights, however, could have used some of that offensive firepower in a 1-0 loss to Jackson on Friday, April 20, at Kamiak High School.

Senior Jake Williams scored the only goal to give the Timberwolves (6-3-1, 8-3-1) the series sweep over Kamiak, which currently sits in a tie with Jackson for fourth place in the league behind Mount Vernon (7-2-1, 9-2-1), Glacier Peak (7-2-1, 8-2-1) and Lake Stevens (7-3-0, 9-3-0).

Mariner (1-8-1, 1-9-2) lost 3-1 to Mount Vernon on Friday, April 20.

Cooke said that Kamiak has made significant progress since the start of the season and is at full strength heading into the final two weeks of the regular season.

“We’re back. Everyone is getting minutes,” Cooke said. “We’re just feeling good as a team.”

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