Second half dooms Wolves

Three second half goals by King’s High School senior captain Beka Lampe were part of a second half uprising that gave the Knights a 5-0 victory over Coupeville in Tuesday Cascade League soccer action.

The win boosted the Knights into sole possession of second place in the league with a 4-1 record, while the Wolves remain winless at 0-5 in league games and 0-7 overall.

Coupeville played head-to-head with the Knights in the first half with goalkeeper Ashley Manker making nine saves, and the first 40 minutes of play ended in a scoreless tie.

Lampe put her first goal in the net at the 52-minute mark and two minutes later, sophomore Julia Crosby made the score 2-0 when the ball took a high bounce over Manker’s head.

After that, things went downhill rapidly for the Wolves.

“We were doing well in the first half and then they got a goal on us and the whole team deflated,” Coupeville coach Kim Sherman said. “You could tell, they just died.”

Lampe scored her second goal at the 60-minute mark and then made the score 4-0 with her third goal 10 minutes later.

Paige Johnson put a cap on the scoring, beating the exhausted Manker with six minutes remaining in the game.

Sherman said it a was a case of maturity with the team.

“It was unfortunate the girls got down,” she said. “They just need a lot more playing and a lot more learning. What we have to do is to get them to keep their heads up.”

The Knights had 18 shots on goal in the second half to go with 12 in the first half, while Coupeville forced King’s goalkeeper Maddy McDevitt to make just a single save over 80 minutes of play.

Returning to action after sitting out several games with a broken wrist, junior forward Mandi Murdy said she never had a note saying she couldn’t play.

“I just took a break for awhile until I had my confidence to play again,” she said. “I thought we did okay and we keep getting better every game.”

Junior midfielder Lexi Hemphill said hopefully the team will win the next time.

“In the first half we kept the pressure up but after the first two goals in the second half we kind of let down,” she said. “We didn’t quit and we kept trying.”

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