Versatile, potent offense should propel Kamiak far | Girls soccer

Knights aim for 2nd straight trip to state
By David Pan | Sep 20, 2017
Photo by: David R Pan Kamiak junior forward Liz Thayer (24) scored two goals in the Knights’ 6-0 victory over Mariner Thursday, Sept. 14, at Goddard Stadium.

Kamiak took a little while to get revved up against district rival Mariner.

But once they scored about 20 minutes into the game, there was no stopping the Knights.

Four different players ended up with goals to lead Kamiak to a 6-0 victory over the Marauders in a Wesco 4A girls soccer game Thursday, Sept. 14 at Goddard Stadium.

Sophomore Liz Thayer, a second-team, all-league defender, and junior Hunter Beirne each scored two goals, while Kailin Wiley, a first-team, all-league forward and Casey Gonzales each had one.

The Knights (2-0 in the league 3-0 overall) have a versatile offensive attack that will keep defenses guessing.

“We have a lot of forwards on this team,” said senior co-captain/defender Sarah Nehring. “We all have really strong shots up front. We all make good runs. … We just confuse the other team when we make runs.”

Kamiak coach Beth Stewart said that the Knights kept their composure early on against Mariner.

“They didn’t let not scoring early bring them down,” Stewart said. “They stuck with it. They never got frustrated. They kept trying things and eventually that first one went in.”

Wiley, a standout on the track team, brings speed to the Kamiak attack. Beirne, a point guard for the basketball team, already is making her presence known, having scored two goals in a 3-2 victory over King’s and two in a 5-0 win over Cascade.

“Hunter has really stepped up a lot,” Stewart said. “She came in with a different mind set.”

Stewart is excited about the different options on offense.

“There are a lot of people who can play a lot of places,” she said.

Kamiak returns significant experience from last season’s state playoff squad with eight seniors.

“That makes a big difference,” Stewart said.

The defense, led by Nehring and senior co-captain Kamryn Adcock has shut out its first two league opponents.

“Between those two and Sidney Schmidt, a senior captain, all of them are in the middle of the field,” Stewart said.

Sophomore Stephanie Roestel is the new starting goalkeeper. Roestel is a familiar face to her teammates since she was a backup last season.

“We are good at communication back there,” Nehring said. “We know how each other plays.”

The Knights attribute much of last year’s success to the bonds the players developed on and off the field.

“We’re a big family,” Nehring said. “That really pays off on the field.”

The players have continued to work cultivating that rapport with an eye toward another postseason run.

“We have a lot of new elements that connect us more as a team,” Nehring said. “I think that will take us far.”

“We were just a really solid team last year … where everybody just got along and there were no issues,” Stewart added. “We want to carry that into this season.”

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