Knights blank Grizzlies in rematch | Girls soccer
Last updated 10/17/2018 at Noon
The second time around yielded a more favorable result for Kamiak.
In their first meeting with Glacier Peak, the Knights took a 2-0 halftime lead only to surrender two Grizzly goals in the second half to come away with an unsatisfying tie.
Kamiak again jumped to a 2-0 halftime lead in the rematch and then withstood a reinvigorated Glacier Peak offensive attack to prevail 2-0 in a Wesco 4A girls soccer contest Tuesday, Oct. 9, at Kamiak High School.
“It felt good,” Knights junior goalkeeper Stephanie Roestel said. “It’s going to give the team more confidence.”
Junior Makila Wiley scored off an assist from sophomore Abby Kyles about eight minutes into the game.
“That was great work,” Kamiak coach Kosta Pitharoulis said. “It’s stuff we’ve been talking about. It starts with the midfield down the line. The ball was sent in and it was a great finish by Makila. She has a very textbook finish on goal there.”
Junior Anna Lau followed with a goal off a free kick by senior Liz Thayer.
“I just ran behind the defense and no one tracked me,” Lau said.
At first glance, the petite Lau might not seem like an offensive threat but her tenacity often wins out.
“There’s no quit in her,” Pitharoulis said “I think if you’re just coming to the game and hadn’t seen her play before, you’d think she would maybe get pushed around or knocked off the ball. She definitely has some real grit to her and some fight. She does well.”
While happy to record the victory, Pitharoulis wasn’t entirely pleased with the play of the Knights in the second half.
Pitharoulis didn’t see the intensity he wanted from the Knights in the second half.
“We kind of let our foot off the gas pedal a little bit and got a little too comfortable with a 2-0 lead,” he said. “We’re learning. You can’t do that. You’ve got to keep after a team. The best defense is a good offense.”
Glacier Peak had a couple of shots on goal that tested Roestel.
“Stephanie has been coming up big in a bunch of our games,” Pitharoulis said. “It’s important to have a player back there that the defense trusts and when there is a breakdown she can come up and made a big save for the team.”
Roestel said that communication was instrumental in the shutout in addition to the play of Thayer, who shifted to the defense due to an injury to co-captain Casey Gonzales.
“Liz stepped up,” Roestel said. “Our defense worked as a unit. When there was a close ball down in the box, our defenders stepped up and got the job done.”
Kamiak (6-3-1 in the league, 6-5-1 overall) finished the week with a 3-1 loss to league leader Lake Stevens (9-0-1, 10-1-1). The Knights have won five out of their last seven contests and are in third place in the league.
“We’re getting use to each other as teammates and as coaches and players,” Pitharoulis said. “We’re just really coming together.”