The Knights currently have their first game scheduled for December 4th versus Miramonte. Coming into the season, the Knights had a number of players leave the team because they have nine seniors to replace, including three of their four previous captains. Their only captain left from last year’s team is senior Uki Fujiwara, who recently commited to San Francisco State University, a division two school. Las Lomas is looking to continue their success on the field; In the past they have had six straight winning seasons dating back to the 2012-2013 season. Last year the Knights finished with a record of 10-6-1, after starting the year 2-4 they pulled together five wins in a row including tough opponents such as Berean Christian and Ygnacio Valley. Narrowly beating both teams with a final score of 1-0. This year brings a whole new challenge because the team is younger than it has been in previous years.
With all the success this program has had in recent years it might be difficult for such a young team to live up to such high expectations. Northgate, who went undefeated last year, also has high expectations after finishing the year with an impressive record of 11-0-1 in league play. Las Lomas finished the year with an even .500 record 4-4-1 finishing sixth in league play. Las Lomas only allowed 12 goals in league and 18 goals in total on the year. On the other side the Knights have scored 26 goals in league play and 37 in total. The Knights coach is Jeremy Hull, who has coached the team since the 2012-2013 season. Hull is experienced and was also the coach of the team when the Knights went on their historic run and won NCS in the 2015-2016 season. Hopefully Hull can bring the Knights back into title consideration both in League and possibly NCS.
Even with nine seniors leaving the team this year and losing three of their four captains, the Knights still have high expectations and are expecting an even better season this year. The Knights schedule has yet to be released on MaxPreps, but we can still look forward to the Battle of the Creek game. The Knights are looking for revenge against Northgate after losing 4-1 to them last year. Some other big games will include facing off against Miramonte, Campolindo, College Park, and Clayton Valley. All these teams finished in front of Las Lomas in league last year and all seem likely to be close and important matches. Make sure to follow along with the Knights season and attend somegames. Go Knights!