Knights trying to find a way to win | Boys soccer

After starting the season with six straight victories, Kamiak hasn’t won a game this month
By David Pan | Apr 20, 2017
Photo by: David Pan Kamiak’s Jason Kim controls the ball during a Wesco 4A game against Glacier Peak at Kamiak High School.

The Kamiak boys soccer team has hit a rough patch.

The Knights opened the season with six straight victories, including four over Wesco 4A opponents – Cascade, Mariner, Jackson and Lake Stevens – in the month of March.

But April hasn’t been kind to the Knights, who tied Monroe (2-2)  and then have lost to Mount Vernon (2-1), Glacier Peak (3-1)  and Cascade (3-1), and currently are in fourth place in the league with a 4-3-1 record (6-3-1 overall).

Part of the problem is that Kamiak is falling behind its opponents rather than playing ahead like it did in March.

“We’ve found ourselves down early and it changes the mentality of the team and the game,” Kamiak coach Kosta Pitharoulis said. “So then you’re kind of pressing for things. The fluidity in which we kind of play wasn’t there because we’re pressing.

“The boys are working to get back a goal and they don’t necessarily play the same style we have been playing.”

In the Knights’ first six games, they often scored early and were dictating the pace of the game, Pitharoulis added.

Kamiak was scheduled to face Mariner in a Tuesday, April 18 contest, after the Beacon’s deadline. The Knights take on Jackson at 7:30 p.m., Friday, April 21, at Everett Memorial Stadium.

Pitharoulis wants to see Kamiak either score earlier so that the Knights can play their style of game or not let the opponent’s goals affect them so much.

“We kind of get in our own way a little when we’re in our heads,” Pitharoulis said.

Even though Kamiak hasn’t won a game the last two weeks, the offense and defense haven’t been playing bad, according to Pitharoulis.

“We’re working out some things,” he said.

The Knights’ success to start the season in March put a target on their backs and some of the players may not have been used to that kind of attention.

“Everyone is going to bring their ‘A’ game to play against you,” Pitharoulis said. “So you’ve got match and exceed that effort from the other team and we maybe haven’t quite done that on every occasion.”

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