Buc Kaden Schaefer tries to outmaneuver an Olympic defender.

Buc Kaden Schaefer tries to outmaneuver an Olympic defender.

Kingston’s defense blanks Olympic in soccer

Kingston has a strong defense, and it needed every bit of it in blanking Olympic 1-0 in soccer Thursday.

Even the defense scored the only goal. Well, not really, but a defensive player, Tony Garcia, scored after having to move to play forward the first 20 minutes of the game.

Like in their previous game against Port Angeles, the Bucs dominated, outshooting the visitors 30-3. Buc coach Craig Smith said Olympic packed its defense so tight, most of the home team’s shots came from the outside, which made it easier for their goalie to grab shots in the air.

The defense is led by goalie Caden Krantz, “an incredible athlete, fast and great leaping ability,” Smith said. His booming kicks kept Olympic on its end of the field most of the game. Defenders Eric Steel and Noah Walters have size and strength, too, and are great at positioning themselves, their coach said.

”Not too many penetrate that line, plus we utilize our midfield speed recovering quickly adding more bodies,” the coach said. “And our outside mids become fullbacks on the far side when our backline shifts.”

Smith said while other schools are growing Kingston High School is actually shrinking in size. We’ve “got to get the most we can with what we have at KHS – a 1A trying to act like a 2A” classification school, he said.

To help the program, Smith said some excellent athletes who have never played soccer before are learning the game playing junior varsity. “I’m honored really they are coming out and helping,” he said. “Wish they had come out as freshmen, but so glad to have them and get to know them.”

In particular he mentioned Nathaniel Velie, who was captain of the swim team and placed second in state in two events, Camden Singer, most valuable player for the defense on the football team, and cross country runner Sam Decker.

Soccer is not an easy game to learn. Many players are highly skilled as they’ve been playing since an early age. “To see such effort and evolution and leadership is humbling while building pride in our school,” Smith said. “I love coaching a small town school.”

Sophomore Daniel Moran of the Bucs almost scored a goal on this shot, but the Olympic goalie was able to make the save.

Sophomore Daniel Moran of the Bucs almost scored a goal on this shot, but the Olympic goalie was able to make the save.

Caden Krantz’s long throw-ins are a powerful offensive weapon for Kingston.

Caden Krantz’s long throw-ins are a powerful offensive weapon for Kingston.

Gabriel Chamberin makes a move to dribble past an Olympic defender.

Gabriel Chamberin makes a move to dribble past an Olympic defender.

Anglas Alvaro of Kingston slides to try to steal the ball against Olympic.

Anglas Alvaro of Kingston slides to try to steal the ball against Olympic.

Frederick Wood of Kingston tries to beat an Olympic player to the ball.

Frederick Wood of Kingston tries to beat an Olympic player to the ball.

Anthony Garcia gets off a shot against Olympic for Kingston.

Anthony Garcia gets off a shot against Olympic for Kingston.

Eric Steel gets ready for the pass from Kaden Schaefer in Kingston’s game against Olympic.

Eric Steel gets ready for the pass from Kaden Schaefer in Kingston’s game against Olympic.

Kingston’s Kaden Schaefer tries to outrace three Olympic players to the ball.

Kingston’s Kaden Schaefer tries to outrace three Olympic players to the ball.

Daniel Moran of Kingston makes a move to try to get by two Olympic defenders.

Daniel Moran of Kingston makes a move to try to get by two Olympic defenders.

More in Sports

NK's Angel Chavez (8), a junior forward, and Jackson Reeves (12) rush back to defend to keep Clover Park from scoring a breakaway goal. Steve Powell/North Kitsap Herald photos
NK wins in soccer, softball

North Kitsap is still alive in the District 2/3 2A boys soccer… Continue reading

Pitcher Noah Sorensen moved the ball around and struck out a number of Pirates.
NK wins district title, on to state

Kingston wins 1 before being eliminated

The free fishing derby put on by the Lions Club is Saturday in Poulsbo. Courtesy Photo
Free fishing derby Saturday in Poulsbo

The Poulsbo Noon Lions Club is hosting a “Hooked on Fish Derby”… Continue reading

Colton Bower of NK dives safely back to first base after hitting a single in the first inning. Zach Duffy of BHS applies the tag. Steve Powell/North Kitsap Herald
NK falls to league-leading Bainbridge

You can bet the North Kitsap Viking outfielders are going to be… Continue reading

.
NK baseball team keeps winning

North Kitsap The Vikings beat Columbia River in baseball 10-7 and Ridegefield… Continue reading

Kingston goalie Carter Krantz jumps up to make a save under crowded conditions against Olympic. Krantz and the Bucs shut out the visitors 1-0. Krantz’s booming kicks also were a powerful offensive weapon for the Bucs, keeping Olympic on the defensive side of the field. Steve Powell/North Kitsap Herald photos
Kingston’s defense blanks Olympic in soccer

Kingston has a strong defense, and it needed every bit of it… Continue reading

Kaden Schaefer of Kingston signs a letter of intent to play college soccer, while brother Zander, 5, looks on with admiration. Steve Powell/North Kitsap Herald photos
Buc scores college soccer scholarship

Once Kaden Schaefer got to high school, he started to think maybe… Continue reading

Ian ‘J.R.’ Ritche
Outdoor prep sports spring into action

The Bainbridge Spartan baseball team returns one of the top pitchers in… Continue reading

Owen Scheer tees off for Bainbridge in a match at Kingston. Steve Powell/Bainbridge Island Review Photos
BI, Kingston split golf matches

Bainbridge In girls golf last week, Bainbridge beat Kingston 230 to 264.… Continue reading

Viet Tran of Kingston follows through on his second shot after missing the numerous sand trips off the tee on Hole 1 at White Horse Golf Club. Steve Powell/North Kitsap Herald photos
Kingston splits golf matches against Bainbridge

Kingston In girls golf last week, Bainbridge beat Kingston 230 to 264.… Continue reading

Junior captain Elise Walters was the medalist for Bainbridge in the match against Sequim. Lucy Rector/Courtesy Photos
Defending champs start year with win over Sequim

The Olympic League defending champion Spartans started off the season last week… Continue reading

Cade Orness had 7 assists in the game for third place.
NK boys place 3rd at state

Now that’s more like the Vikings North Kitsap fans know and love.… Continue reading