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Warriors win big in SeaTac opener

King’s West’s Chase Estes gets by Mount Rainier Lutheran’s goal keeper in last Thursday’s 9-0 win. While he would elude the goalie, Etses’ shot was just wide. - Photo by James Mange
King’s West’s Chase Estes gets by Mount Rainier Lutheran’s goal keeper in last Thursday’s 9-0 win. While he would elude the goalie, Etses’ shot was just wide.
— image credit: Photo by James Mange

King’s West didn’t have any trouble opening the SeaTac League soccer season in style, blitzing Mt. Rainier Lutheran 9-0 on Sept. 13.

Brian Paulson led the scoring barrage, putting four in the net and making one assist.

“Both the offense and defense did a great job today,” coach Jason Meeder said. “I’m extremely happy with how all the players did today. If they play like this every game, this team will go far.”

Paulson’s assist was on the first goal of the game as he sent a crossing pass from the right side to freshman Josh Kreifels. Jordan Cooper scored next unassisted after making a steal, while Paulson closed the half with a pair of goals, driving one in after a Rainier turnover and then taking a slick pass from Andy Lee.

Kreifels scored again to open the second half, as Rainier turnovers became the theme of the game. Kreifels collected the loose ball and scored from just outside the 18-yard box.

Lee forced another turnover with his defensive pressure at midfield soon after, dribbling around the defense to create his own scoring strike from close range.

Paulson got his hat trick off a corner kick, sending it home after the ball had caromed off a Rainier player. He followed that up with his fourth goal, taking a pass from Lee. Tim Flugstad added the final tally, taking a pass from Kreifels and drilling it in.

King’s West (2-1) ended with 30 shots on goal, while only allowing two.

The team dropped a non-league contest, 3-1 to Riverside Christian last Saturday, with some key players missing. The 12-man squad was behind 3-0 after the first half, but played a great second half.

“This has been the best game King’s West has played against Riverside,” Meeder said.

Goaltender Nick Olson made eight saves in the game and Lee notched the only score for the Warriors. Lee drove through the defense to just inside the 18-yard box before striking the goal.

The Warriors played a key conference game against Bear Creek Thursday. Results were not available at press time.

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