Back in September, the King’s girls soccer team’s goal was to still be playing on Nov. 18 for the state championshiop.
In the program’s first season, King’s dream is still alive.
King’s clinched a state Class 1A/2B/1B semifinal spot with a 4-0 win over Onalaska/Napavine Nov. 10 at Edmonds Stadium.
The Knights (17-5) face Seattle Christian (14-2-2) at 4 p.m. today (Friday, Nov. 17) at Curtis High School in University Place. If they win they will play the winner of the LaSalle and Naches Valley semifinal at 4 p.m. Saturday. If they lose, they will play at noon Saturday.
“They are going to be a very tough team,” King’s coach Nicole Gabelein said of Seattle Christian. “We’re going to be excited to meet them and we have to have everything together.”
King’s scored three goals in the first half against Onalaska/Napavine. Paige Johnson struck first on an assist from Kendall Thoreson in the 26th minute. Thoreson followed up with a score in the 33rd minute off a feed from Laura Gifford. Hillary Quinn found the net in the 38th minute off a pass from Gifford. Thoreson added an unassisted goal in the 65th minute
Freshman Carolyn Dapper earned the shutout in goal.
“She’s been playing very well,” Gabelein said.
King’s kicked off the playoffs with a 1-0 win over Cedar Park Christian at Sammamish High School Nov. 7.
“Everybody just gave everything they had in that game,” Gabelein said.
Gabelein hopes center midfielder Lauren Thompson, who suffered a hip flexor injury against Meridian in the district playoffs, is ready to play by Friday. A few other players are banged up but are expected to play, Gabelein said.