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Knights lose last game of season, on to Districts

TROUT LAKE - In their last game before the District tournament starts, the Sunnyside Christian boys' soccer team lost to Trout Lake by a score of 3-2.

With it raining off and on, mostly on, the field was slippery and not ideal when Aaron Van de Graaf took a pass from Justin Burgers and scored in the 20th minute to put the Knights up 1-0.

Ten minutes later the unthinkable happened. In a sick, twisted turn of fate, the Knights scored a goal against themselves. The Knights had the ball close to their own goal and an errant kick hit a Knight defender, bouncing off and back into the goal. Keeper John Bosma almost stopped the ball from crossing the line but couldn't reach it in time. The score was now tied 1-1.

"That really pumped up Trout Lake," Sunnyside Coach Russ Smies said.

The two teams headed into half-time with the score knotted at 1-1 and the rain coming down even harder.

Four minutes into the second half, Dale Dick scored a goal for Trout Lake giving them a 2-1 lead. Soon after Luke Dearden added a goal and Trout Lake was now up 3-1 with time ticking away.

In the 63rd minute Aaron Van de Graaf sprinted up field with the ball and put it into the net to move the Knights within one but that's all they would get.

"It was pretty intense the last 20 minutes," Smies said. "Trout Lake went into defensive mode and held on to slow the game down."

"They worked their butts off to beat us," Smies said. "They did very well, I have to give them credit."

SCHS next plays against Riverside Christian on Friday at 2:30 p.m. in a District match-up. This will be the fourth time the Knights will match up with Riverside Christian this year. Riverside has beaten the Knights in all three games they've played so far.

If SCHS beats Riverside Christian they then travel to Moses Lake on Saturday to play Moses Lake Christian at 11 a.m.

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