Knights look to rebound in playoffs | Girls soccer

Kamiak loses 2-0 to Glacier Peak in final regular season game
By David Pan | Nov 01, 2017
Photo by: David R Pan Kamiak’s Hunter Beirne dribbles the ball between two Glacier Peak defenders during a Wesco 4A game Thursday, Oct. 26, at Glacier Peak High School.

Kamiak’s final regular season game didn’t have any major impact on the team’s seeding in this week’s district girls soccer tournament since the Knights already had secured a postseason berth.

But the 2-0 loss to Glacier Peak on Thursday, Oct. 26, did reinforce to Kamiak coach Beth Stewart and the players what the Knights are going to need to do if they want to experience success in the playoffs – finish their opportunities.

The Grizzlies made the most of their opportunities, while the Knights did not.

“I wanted to see us get a couple of goals in and unfortunately that didn’t happen,” Stewart said after the loss at Glacier Peak High School. “We certainly had plenty of opportunities. We just didn’t get those extra efforts to get the ball in the net.”

Glacier Peak junior Tori Bullard, who was making her first start of the season, gave the Grizzlies a 1-0 lead with a shot from about 20 yards out five minutes into the contest.

“A defender just got caught between two people,” Stewart said. “Sometime it happens.”

Then with about two minutes remaining in the first half, Glacier Peak junior Haley Grambo scored on a breakaway in the middle of the field off a pass from freshman Annika Lambott.

“Two mistakes and they capitalized and we didn’t capitalize,” Stewart said.

The Kamiak defense has been solid this season, Stewart said. The Knights allowed only two goals in their last eight games coming into Thursday night’s game and recorded nine shutouts this season.

“A couple of miscues tonight, but I think they’ll get that sorted out,” Stewart said.

The Knights (9-4-1 in the league, 10-4-1) finished fourth in the Wesco 4A behind third place Glacier Peak (10-4-0, 12-4-0). Jackson (12-2-0, 14-2-0) and Lake Stevens (11-2-1, 13-2-1) earned the district’s top two seeds.

Kamiak is scheduled to host Monroe in a loser-out, first-round 4A District 1 playoff game on Tuesday, Oct. 31, after the Beacon’s deadline. The winner will take on the winner of Glacier Peak/Mount Vernon at 5:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 2, at Goddard Stadium in another loser-out contest. The winner of the Nov. 2 game then takes on the loser of Thursday’s Jackson/Lake Stevens match in a winner-to-state/loser-out game at 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4, at Edmonds Stadium.

This year’s district tournament is single-elimination, which is a change from last year’s double-elimination format.

Stewart likes her team’s postseason prospects.

“I think they’ll do quite well,” she said.

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