Tahoma blanks Kentridge in SPSL North

Paul DeLean goes for a header in Kentridge’s soccer match May 1 against Tahoma. Kentridge lost  to the Bears 1-0.  - Ross Coyle/Kent Reporter
Paul DeLean goes for a header in Kentridge’s soccer match May 1 against Tahoma. Kentridge lost to the Bears 1-0.
— image credit: Ross Coyle/Kent Reporter

The Tahoma High School boys soccer team knocked Kentridge down to third in the South Puget Sound League North last Friday, as the Chargers struggled to pick up a single goal after Tahoma scored in the first half for the 1-0 victory.

As the game wore on, a visibly frustrated Kentridge offense made several key mistakes as it brought the ball downfield. Coach Glenn Walrond attributed some of that frustration to referee calls that distracted his players.

"Calls were made and we let that get into our heads, instead of just playing through it," Walrond said. "You're gonna have good calls and bad calls and instead of just focusing on if it's a mistake or if it's a call you don't agree with, you gotta play."

The loss of focus also diminished the Chargers' ability to make any shots on a goal, and gave Tahoma possession of the ball several times.

Tahoma and Kentridge each had four shots on goal, but the Chargers were only able to save three of those shots to Tahoma's four.

"There was no consistency, no flow to the game," Walrond said.

"The frustration level is just way too high," Walrond continued, "the game of soccer is supposed to be about flow, and you can't get into a flow if you don't know what to expect."

Walrond chalks both teams performances up to a lack of motion in the game. Instead of a steady rhythm, the teams offensive pushes were broken up by penalties and lapses in concentration.

"I don't think that either team played great, and I think that it's indicative that you have a game that doesn't have flow," he said.

Walrond feels his team, while young, is where it needs to be and plans to place in districts. "We're getting where we need to be, and we're fairly young," he said.

Kentridge tied Mount Rainier 1-1 on Saturday and lost 2-0 to Kentwood on Tuesday. The Chargers placed fourth in the SPSL North regular season and will play the No. 2 Narrows League team on May 17 in the district playoffs.

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