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Winter Futsal League January 18, 2020

The King’s Warriors seemed to be playing under a cloud for the first couple of games this past Saturday. The grade school team, which had been showing great improvement, just couldn’t get it together. They suffered their first shutout in a 7-0 defeat.

The problems continued for the D1 team. First, the Richlands team failed to show for the much anticipated rematch. The Oak Hill and Pikeview teams threw together a bit of an “all star” team to play the match, and they came after the King’s Warriors hard. The Warriors, on the other hand, started the match in a lackluster fashion, disappointed that they weren’t playing the scheduled match. In the first few minutes, the “All Star” team scored two goals. The King’s Warriors then came alive and shut down their opponent from there on. Goals were hard to come by though, as the repeated influx of fresh opponents stymied the Warriors attack. Chance Blevins finally struck pay dirt late in the first half to close the gap to 2-1. Aaron and Andrew Smith continued to thwart the “All Stars” attack in the second half, and Caleb Okes, Chance and Eli Blevins, and Matt Lilly kept up the offensive pressure. The Warriors dominated the run of play, and Chance Blevins finally struck a second time to knot the score 2-2. Despite barraging their opponents’ goal with shot after shot, the King’s Warriors could not score the all important go ahead goal, and the game ended a 2-2 tie. While the result was disappointing, the D1 team maintained their undefeated streak over three seasons. They look forward to getting back in the win column next weekend, the last day of the futsal season.

The D2 team restored some Warriors pride and confidence with a big win over the Shady Spring Rams. The Rams broke out into an early lead, but the Warriors kept chasing them. After a 4-4 tie late in the first half, it was all King’s Warriors from there on. Hannah Willis erupted for 5 goals, Aaron Smith scored a brace, Isaac Beckett and Chance Blevins each added 1, and the Shady team gave up an own goal as the King’s Warriors claimed a 10-4 victory.

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