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May 27, 2014 at 4:00 AM

The “Full 80” prep boys soccer blog — Week 10

This is the 10th installment The “Full 80” prep boys soccer blog for the spring of 2014. Here’s a look at King’s return to prominence under a second-year coach, marquee matches and final state rankings.

King’s riding high into Final Four under second-year coach Harrington

The last time the King’s boys soccer program had this much momentum, the Knights went on a roll to win the Class 1A state title in 2008.

Could it be déjà vu?

Second-year head coach Aaron Harrington credits a change to a stricter, higher accountability team philosophy in season two of building the program.

“As a first-year coach, I didn’t have a philosophy and as a second-year coach I had to seek out some coaching wisdom,” said Harrington, a 1992 graduate of Cascade of Everett High School and center midfielder on the 1995 NCAA Final Four University of Portland team. “After watching the Seahawks win the Super Bowl, I really admire [coach] Pete Carroll. I read his book, ‘Win Forever:’ [Live, Work, and Play Like a Champion]. I bought the book the week before the season and read it.

“He’s a guy who’s coached for 40 years and has a good philosophy. I love his, ‘Win Forever’ philosophy. I’ve adopted it for my own.”

The change in culture has definitely produced more wins.

“I’ve adopted Pete Carroll’s philosophy, by no means is it my own,” said Harrington, who wrote the Seahawks’ coach a personal note, awaiting a response. “It’s about protect the team, no whining, no complaining and always be early. Any time somebody has coming in contrast to that philosophy, that hasn’t protected the team or shown up whining or complaining or has been late, has been on the other side of the team.

“It’s a battle I’ve had to fight.”

The biggest reward of the philosophical change for Harrington has been the success of his players.

“To watch these guys have success has been really, really awesome,” he said.

Harrington, 40, had never coached boys soccer before accepting the King’s job before the 2013 season, but it’s been a quick flip forward. The Knights (17-4-1) are two wins from the 1A state title and on a 13-0-1 unbeaten streak entering Friday’s 4 p.m. semifinal matchup against University Prep (11-3-2) at Sumner’s Sunset Chev Stadium.

King’s beat Bellevue Christian 3-1 in last Friday’s 1A state quarterfinals.

The program was 9-10-0 in 2012, the season before Harrington took over. Then, in the rookie coach’s first season of 2103, they were 7-9-1. The ascent began in 2014 with a change in approach and the infusion of new players.

“The guys have come out with the right mindset,” Harrington said. “Success has been about taking care of all the little things, and they’ve really, really focused on the little things.

“The score will take care of itself if they do that. Focusing on the little things then the big thing will fall into their lap.”

Freshman goalkeeper Lars Helleren, who moved in as the starter after the third match of the season, and junior defender Josh Alexander were the key additions. Alexander played on the school’s basketball team, but hadn’t played competitive soccer in four years until turning out this season.

Both newcomers earned first team All-Cascade Conference honors after making a huge impact this season, despite the Knights’ 1-3 start.

“[Alexander] was on the basketball team that went to the state championship and he just decided to come out for soccer for something to do and hang out with his buddies,” Harrington said. “And, the kid, has just been an all-world defender. He’s unbelievable. He’s gotten better every game.

“He’s just a physical specimen at 6-2, 6-3. He wins everything. He’s just been an animal.”

Harrington has the utmost faith in his line of defense – Helleren, Alexander, senior center backs Lucas Swanson and 6-foot-6 substitute Luke Sanchez and junior right back Jacob Martin.

“Those guys are the muscle,” said Harrington, who sells real estate for Windermere.

King’s has outscored opponents 70-17 with 10 shutouts. The new keeper is a big reason for that differential.

“[Helleren] is cat-like,” Harrington said of Helleren. “He’s all over the place. He came in and won the job and done a phenomenal job. His distribution is phenomenal and his kicks are great.

“He’s just a kid who stay after practice for an hour or two hours after every practice.”

Taylor Moe, a senior outside attacking midfielder, leads the Knights with 46 points on 22 goals and two assists.

“Taylor has really become an amazing player,” Harrington said. “He’s extremely quick. He just has a nose for the goal.”

Junior midfielder Ryan Fransen has added 10 goals and three assists and junior midfielder-forward Alex Muri  put up nine goals and two assists.

The Knights were last in the 1A state semis in 2010, falling to Overlake 1-0.

This time, Harrington and the Knights want more. Harrington played for legendary coach Clive Charles in college at Portland, and has also infused his philosophies into the King’s program.

“You will see a lot of in his teams to the one we will field out there this weekend [in Sumner],” Harrington said. “Clive’s philosophy was on individual matchups. If you lose an individual matchup on the field, that gives the opponents a statistical advantage.

“If you win all your matchups, you can dominate teams. That’s what we look to do.”

Shorewood takes battle-tested team to Final Four

Facing tough opponents within the WesCo 3A South Division has hardened the Shorewood High School boys soccer team.

The Thunderbirds are truly battle-tested.

Two of the state’s toughest tests reside within the confines of the WesCo 3A South – Glacier Peak and Shorecrest. And the T-birds more than held their own in those tussles, even though they took third in the division in the regular season.

“The competition in WesCo 3A South is very strong and our nonconference games were strong against Woodinville and Bothell and Kennedy,” said Shorewood coach Bill Wilkins, who is in his second season as head coach after two seasons with the T-birds junior varsity before Nathan Davis headed to Woodinville. “The program’s had a pretty solid group of seniors coming through in waves. So, this is our third with nine or 10 seniors.

“Nathan had a good run and went to the quarterfinals last year and then we went to the quarterfinals last year [Wilkins’ first year]. This time we were able to bust through the quarterfinal barrier.”

With a head of steam, Shorewood (14-3-4) enters Friday’s 4 p.m. Class 3A state semifinal showdown with seventh-ranked Lakeside (14-2-2) at Puyallup’s Sparks Stadium.

“We’ve had chances to develop and be put under pressure,” Wilkins said. “At the beginning, they did a decent job at it, but now they’ve kind of hit a run where they’ve come through consistently.

“We’ve been able to get wins instead of ties.”

For the third season in a row, Shorewood has reached state. The Thunderbirds made the Final Four for the first time since 1987.

The program brought home its lone state title in 1978 in 4A (then AAA) and was second in 1980 in 4A (then AAA).

The team doesn’t have a real standout player, making the Scots tough to defend or plan to play.

“We have four or five guys who have scored or provided assists,” Wilkins said. “Sometimes we’re a little more offense and sometimes a little more defensive. We don’t have that one guy with 25 goals, but we’ve got four or five guys who make us balanced or capable.”

Dylan Collins leads the T-birds with 10 goals and five assists with a close pack of four others able to contribute offensively.

Taj McChesney (8 goals, 6 assists), Anthony Pepe (8 goals, 3 assists), Amir Roushenas (7 goals, 2 assists) and Callahan Gobel (4 goals, 4 assists) are capable attackers.

“We don’t have that one dominant striker,” Wilkins said. “But we get one consistent effort. Even in the playoffs, we’ve had four or five different guys score. That gives us balance and less predictable. It’s been good and it’s been neat to see different kids step up. It makes for a stronger team.”

Roushenas is the lone player lined up to play in college for Shorewood at this time. He is committed to play at Shoreline Community College.

The T-birds, who are 5-0-1 in their last six matches, gained a measure of confidence by going 1-1-2 against the two upper echelon conference opponents.

Shorewood played Glacier Peak to a pair of ties – 0-0 at home on March 25 and 2-2 at the Grizzlies on April 23.

Then, the T-birds beat Shorecrest 3-2 at home on April 14 before their last loss of the season, a 3-1 decision at the Scots on May 5.

Prep boys soccer coverage – 1st round and quarterfinals


Lakeside tops JFK in 3A state quarterfinals


Snohomish hangs on in 4A state quarterfinals against Skyline


Kennedy Catholic outlasts Mount Si in shootout in 3A state opener


Gig Harbor dashes Issaquah dreams in shootout in 4A state opener


First-time state qualifier Ingraham stuns defending 3A state champs in state opener

Final Four state action up next

With state first-round and quarterfinals matched in the books for Class 4A, 3A, 2A and 1A, the Final Fours for each classification in boys soccer loom on May 30-31 at two Washington sites.

The Class 1A and 2A Final Fours will be played at Sunset Chev Stadium in Sumner and the 3A and 4A Finals Fours are scheduled at Sparks Stadium in Puyallup.


Boys soccer playoff link

State brackets (upcoming)

Class 4A


Class 3A


Class 2A


Class 1A


Main bracket page for district/state (results)

District 1


District 2


District 3


District 4


District 5


District 6


District 7 gives its unique twist on rankings

Here’s the link to the latest 2014 ranking for boys soccer by

Marquee matches upcoming

Friday, May 30

Class 4A

Final Four at Sparks Stadium (Puyallup)


No. 1 Skyview (Vancouver) (19-1-3) vs. No. 7 Ferris (Spokane) (17-2-0), 6 p.m.

No. 5 Snohomish (18-2-0) vs. No. 6 Kentwood (15-2-3), 8 p.m.

Class 3A

Final Four at Sparks Stadium (Puyallup)


Mercer Island (11-4-5) vs. No. 4 Sunnyside (19-2-0) 2 p.m.

Shorewood (14-3-4) vs. No. 7 Lakeside (14-2-2), 4 p.m.

Class 2A

Final Four at Sunset Chev Stadium (Sumner)


No. 2 Squalicum (19-0-2) vs. Toppenish (15-5-1), 6 p.m.

No. 3 Capital (20-2-0) vs. No. 7 Sedro-Woolley (15-4-3), 8 p.m.

Class 1A

Final Four at Sunset Chev Stadium (Sumner)


Quincy (14-7-0) vs. Chelan (15-4-1), 2 p.m.

University Prep (11-3-2) vs. King’s (17-4-1), 4 p.m.

Saturday, May 31

Class 4A

Final Four at Sparks Stadium (Puyallup)

Day 2

No. 1 Skyview (Vancouver) (19-1-3)-No. 7 Ferris (Spokane) (17-2-0) loser vs. No. 5 Snohomish (18-2-0) vs. No. 6 Kentwood (15-2-3) loser, Noon (3rd-4th places)

No. 1 Skyview (Vancouver) (19-1-3)-No. 7 Ferris (Spokane) (17-2-0) winner vs. No. 5 Snohomish (18-2-0)-No. 6 Kentwood (15-2-3) winner, 5 p.m. (Championship match)

Class 3A

Final Four at Sparks Stadium (Puyallup)

Day 2

Mercer Island (11-4-5)-No. 4 Sunnyside (19-2-0) loser vs. Shorewood (14-3-4) -No. 7 Lakeside (14-2-2) loser, 10 a.m. (3rd-4th places)

Mercer Island (11-4-5)-No. 4 Sunnyside (19-2-0) winner vs. Shorewood (14-3-4)-No. 7 Lakeside (14-2-2) winner, 2 p.m. (Championship match)

Class 2A

Final Four at Sunset Chev Stadium (Sumner)

Day 2

No. 2 Squalicum (19-0-2)-Toppenish (15-5-1) loser vs. No. 3 Capital (20-2-0) -No. 7 Sedro-Woolley (15-4-3) loser, Noon (3rd-4th places)

No. 2 Squalicum (19-0-2)-Toppenish (15-5-1) winner vs. No. 3 Capital (20-2-0) -No. 7 Sedro-Woolley (15-4-3) winner, 5 p.m. (Championship match)

Class 1A

Final Four at Sunset Chev Stadium (Sumner)

Day 2

Quincy (14-7-0)-Chelan (15-4-1) loser vs. University Prep (11-3-2)-King’s (17-4-1) loser, 10 a.m. (3rd-4th places)

Quincy (14-7-0)-Chelan (15-4-1) winner vs. University Prep (11-3-2)-King’s (17-4-1) winner, 2 p.m. (Championship match)

National rankings picture

The fourth set of spring boys soccer rankings from National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) came out on Tuesday, May 20. The next set of rankings is due Tuesday, June 17 and that will be the final set of the spring. Three teams from Washington state remained ranked in the top 20 were in the fourth set of rankings for the spring of 2014. Class 4A Kentwood ranks the highest among Washington schools at No. 14 and then a pair of Vancouver-area schools follow — Skyview (4A) at No. 18 and Camas (4A) checks in at No. 19. Issaquah (4A) was among those “also receiving votes.”

The NSCAA regional poll was filled with all Washington teams, from No. 1 through No. 10. Here’s the fourth Region V poll for spring of 2014, which came out on Tuesday, May 20:



Here are The Seattle Times FINAL rankings for Class 4A, 3A and 2A for the 2014 season (this year’s record in parentheses through May 12):

FINAL rankings – 4A, 3A, 2A

Class 4A, 3A & 2A boys soccer state rankings – before Week 8 (May 12) – FINAL

(2014 records in parentheses; prior to district/bi-district playoffs)

Class 4A

1, Skyview (Vancouver) (14-0-3)

2, Camas (13-1-3)

3, Issaquah (12-1-1)

4, Skyline (12-1-3)

5, Snohomish (14-2-0)

6, Kentwood (11-2-3)

7, Ferris (Spokane) (13-2-0)

8, Gig Harbor (13-1-1)

9, Union (Vancouver) (12-4-1)

10, Federal Way (11-3-2)

On the bubble: Rogers (Puyallup) (10-2-4), Jefferson (11-4-1), Inglemoor (8-6-1), Lewis & Clark (Spokane) (10-5-0), Central Valley (Spokane) (12-2-0), Puyallup (12-3-1), Kentridge (7-4-5), Kamiak (10-4-2), Mount Vernon (10-7-0), Pasco (12-5-0), Beamer (9-5-2), Lake Stevens (8-6-3), Curtis (9-3-4), Mariner (8-6-2), Mount Rainier (8-3-5), Tahoma (10-2-3), Olympia (8-4-2), Redmond (9-6-1), Roosevelt (9-6-1), Woodinville (9-6-2), Cascade (Everett) (9-6-2), Davis (Yakima) (10-5-1).

Class 3A

1, Bonney Lake (14-1-1)

2, Mount Spokane (11-2-0)

3, Glacier Peak (13-2-2)

4, Sunnyside (14-2-0)

5, Hanford (13-3-0)

6, Liberty (Issaquah) (13-2-2)

7, Lakeside (10-2-2)

8, Shorecrest (14-3-0)

9, Kennedy Catholic (10-1-5)

10, Bainbridge (12-3-0)

On the bubble: Mountain View (Vancouver) (12-4-0), Mount Si (10-5-2), Kennewick (11-5-0), Shelton (9-2-3), Mercer Island (8-4-5) , Shorewood (10-3-4), Interlake (10-6-1), Hazen (9-2-5), Auburn Mountainview (9-3-1), Nathan Hale (8-3-3), Ingraham (9-3-4), Chief Sealth (9-6-2), Bishop Blanchet (7-6-4), Decatur (8-5-0), Wilson (Tacoma) (9-5-0), Foss (8-1-2), Columbia River (8-5-3), Meadowdale (9-6-2).

Class 2A

1, Cheney (13-1-1)

2, Squalicum (15-0-2)

3, Capital (16-1-0)

4, Anacortes (13-2-2)

5, Fife (12-2-0)

6, Archbishop Murphy (13-3-1)

7, Sedro-Woolley (12-2-3)

8, North Kitsap (14-2-0)

9, Kingston (14-2-0)

10, Pullman (13-3-0)

On the bubble: Othello (13-4-0), Ridgefield (9-3-1), Hockinson (12-4-0), Aberdeen (10-5-0), Bellingham (8-4-4), Orting (11-3-1), Cedarcrest (12-4-1), Sequim (13-3-0), Franklin Pierce (5-6-1), Foster (10-2-3), Toppenish (10-5-1), Ellensburg (10-7-0), Sehome (10-3-4), Sumner (9-6-0), Grandview (10-5-0), Tyee (7-5-4), Selah (9-8-0).

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