TEMECULA: Boys lacrosse traveled to Temecula Valley on Monday to take on the Bears. It was the Wolves’ 4th game in 8 days. Temecula Valley entered the game with a record of 2-0, and King 2-1. With a slow start King ended the first quarter with a 1-0 lead. A strong second quarter saw the Wolves put up 4 goals and they went into the half up 5-2.
“Our lacrosse team is starting to gel and it shows.” said Head Coach Chris Kostka. “The way the players are working together, on both offense and defense, shows how far we’ve come since last year, being our first year.”
The game got close when Temecula Valley scored 3 unanswered goals and tied the game at 5-5 with about 6 minutes left. But King took the lead again with 6 – 5 and about 3 minutes left in the game before TV tied it again at 6 all.
“Our boys stepped up, took control, and scored quickly from the face off taking the lead again by a score of 7-6 with just under 2 minutes left.” Kostka said.
“We took possession of the ball and, while taking time off the clock and after 1 more possession, scored the final goal with just under 10 seconds to secure our 3rd win in this young season.”
Josh Janikowski led all players with 3 goals, Led Soto continued to dominate face offs, and the goalie, Caleb Hoff, continued to shine in the pipes (goal).
“I am really proud of our team as we continue to grow and get better each game. This is still a very young team in age, with only 4 seniors on Varsity, and with experience.” Kostka said.
“We still have so much room to improve in all aspects of the game, but we’re off to a strong start. We learned a lot about ourselves in this game. We had the lead and let TV back in the game allowing them to tie in the 4th quarter, but we did not fold or give up, the boys battled and scored 3 more goals after the tie and went on to win it. This will go a long way in regards to character building and confidence in each other” Kostka added.