Meridian’s boys’ soccer team was defeated by King’s 2-0 in the opening match of the Class 1A Northwest District tournament on Monday, May 4, at King’s High School.
The Knights scored their first goal in the 10th minute after Jack VanDyke netted a blocked shot by the Trojans’ goalkeeper Harjaap Atwal.
“In the first 10 minutes we had great chances,” Meridian coach Joe Spencer said in a phone interview. “If we capitalized on our chances it would be a different game.”
Meridian and King’s went into halftime with the score at 1-0 in King’s favor. Spencer said he was content with how the game was played in the first half, despite being down a goal.
In the second half, the Trojans had their chances on set pieces, but were unable to find the net.
“I was really happy with the way we played,” Spencer said. “It was just one of those games.”
Toward the end of the match, Meridian pushed players forward to try and create more scoring opportunities. But it backfired after King’s was able to get its second goal of the night off a Ryan Fransen shot in the 65th minute.
Standout players in the match tonight for Spencer were Jake Birnel, and Meridian’s two center backs — Rico Martinez and Koby Smith.
“We were close, but just not quite there,” Spencer said.
Meridian will play its next game in the Class 1A Norhtwest District tournament at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 9, at Sultan High School.
“We got to correct a couple spacing issues on the field,” Spencer said. “Other than that it is same as usual for us: continue to create opportunities. If you don’t create opportunities you don’t have a chance. We just have to get on the other end of those opportunities.”
King’s 2, Meridian 0