Northshore soccer squads go head to head this week

Action continues Friday night at Pop Keeney.

Victories have been hard to come by for local boys soccer teams this spring, but the action on the pitch has been solid.

Northshore 4A KingCo soccer squads go head to head this week. Inglemoor defeated North Creek, 2-0, and Woodinville edged Bothell, 2-1, on Tuesday at Pop Keeney Stadium.

Next up is Inglemoor versus Bothell at 5:30 p.m. Friday at Pop Keeney, and North Creek takes on Woodinville in the nightcap at 7:30 p.m. at the Pop. At press time, the three Bothell/Kenmore squads have a combined three wins.

For Inglemoor, top returners are senior defender/midfielder Ryan Klee, senior defender Rory Eastlund-Fruit, junior defender Nic Grotle, senior goalkeepers Caleb Travis and Keeane Speed, junior striker Timur Akdemir and junior wing Gabriel Fahling. Speed returns to the team after playing with both the Crossfire and Sounders FC Academy programs.

“We are big on teaching our core values: win every day, choose to be positive, be resilient, caring about each other, being a team of leaders, be calm and composed, never-ending ascension,” said coach Kevin McGibbon, noting that a 2-0 win over Woodinville was a highlight, where the Viks had a very high possession ratio.

Top returners for Bothell are senior defenders Kyler Parris (captain) and Christian Elder, senior midfielder Santiago Armenta Rangel, senior forward Ryan Moore and junior goalkeeper Spencer Haney. Also key is sophomore midfielder Cody Winkelman, and freshman forward Noble Simms and senior forward Edgar Michel.

“So far in the season, the boys are working hard to get a win. They play amazing soccer, but are working on consistency. This is a rebuilding year; most of the players have never played together,” said coach Jose Sialer. “I want to provide an opportunity to develop skill and create a learning environment that is challenging and enjoyable with teamwork, family and sportsmanship.”

On the North Creek side, coach Andrew Croft’s first-year squad sports key players and leaders in junior forward Gian Herrera and sophomore defender Karsten Hatting.

“Things have been going pretty well. We started out slow, had to learn what KingCo and the style of play is all about, but have really improved over the last (few) games. Showing signs of growth and challenging every team we play,” the coach said.

Croft’s coaching philosophy revolves around getting his players to be passionate about bringing North Creek soccer into the league while enjoying the hard work, focusing on the little things and going all out to find success on the field.