Knights heat up in 3-0 win over Bruins | Boys soccer

By David Pan | Apr 16, 2019
Photo by: David R Pan Kamiak’s Joe Condit controls the ball during a Wesco 4A game against Mount Vernon.

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amiak rebounded from a scoreless tie with Mount Vernon with a decisive 3-0 victory over Cascade in Wesco 4A boys soccer action last week.

The victory lifted the Knights (5-2-1 in the league, 6-3-1 overall) into sole possession of second place in the league after Lake Stevens (4-2-2, 5-2-3) dropped into third place following a 2-1 loss to Glacier Peak (1-4-3, 2-5-3).

“The guys like where we’re at,” Kamiak coach Kosta Pitharoulis said. “We’re in a good position for the second half of the regular season.”

Senior defender Noah Venditto scored two goals to lead the Knights, who have struggled on offense at times this season.

“He did a really nice job of getting forward,” Pitharoulis said. “He was working hard.”

Sophomore Charlie Soukup had the other goal.

Kamiak had some solid shots on goal in the second half against Mount Vernon but was unable to convert.

“They did a nice job in their midfield in the first half,” Pitharoulis said. “In the first half, we let them play around a little bit. In the second half we turned up our pressure. We had the opportunities. We couldn’t take advantage.”

The Knights have scored 1 or no goals in five games this season, including four league contests. So Pitharoulis was glad to see his squad put three in against the Bruins.

“The toughest thing is to score goals,” he said. “To be able to get a few in the back of the net against a good team under some tough conditions with the rain, we’re happy.”

While the offense is still searching for consistency, the Kamiak defense, led by Venditto and co-captain Connor Ruis, continued its strong performance. The Knights have four shutouts and limited its opponents to only one goal in three other games this season

“That’s where we have some senior leadership,” Pitharoulis said. “They’ve been around playing varsity three or four years. They’re doing a nice job coming together, playing as a real solid unit. The defense isn’t just the back line. It’s the whole team.”

Senior goalkeeper Leif Johanson stepped in for starter Connor Bourne, who was out of town on spring break.

“He did a great job,” Pitharoulis said. “The toughest job is to be the backup goalkeeper. He got a shutout and came up with big saves when he needed to.”

Kamiak hosts Lake Stevens at 7:30 p.m., Friday, April 19, at Kamiak High School. The Vikings edged the Knights 1-0 in a late March contest on a goal scored on a corner kick. Kamiak didn’t convert on its scoring opportunities.

“The key is putting away your chances, even if you only have one opportunity,” Pitharoulis said. “It’s a matter of creating those chances.”

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