There’s an old expression that goes, “Whom the gods wish to destroy they first call promising.” Whether that applies to this year’s Woodinville team remains to be seen. After starting the season with an 8-0 record, the Lady Falcons had bounce in their steps, smiles on their faces and confidence supreme.
But since losing three of their past five games, including a 2-1 decision to Mount Si last Thursday night, the smiles and swagger are gone. The post-game looks on their faces are of frustration and bewilderment.
The contrast to last week couldn’t be more startling. Just seven days after beating second-ranked Skyline on the road, the Woodinville Falcons ran into a buzz saw last Friday night against the Bothell Cougars.
Led by the three touchdown passes from quarterback Ross Bowers, the Cougars took a 30-3 halftime lead and dominated every facet of the game. Bothell improved its record to 5-0, while Woodinville dropped to 3-2.
The last unbeaten team in KingCo 4A has fallen. Led by first half goals by Emma Spencer and Annie Marie Azure, the Inglemoor Vikings knocked off Woodinville 2-1 last Tuesday night at Pop Keeney Stadium. It marked the first loss for the Lady Falcons, whose overall record fell to 8-1 on the season.
“I think that added some pressure, to try to stay perfect,” Woodinville coach Nathan Davis said. “[Inglemoor] came out and wanted it more. They wanted to beat us and take us down. We have a target on our back and we didn’t defend it.” From the early stages of the match, the Lady Falcons looked tentative and lost. Inglemoor (4-1-1) dominated possession of the ball, and repeatedly got off shots on Woodinville’s goal.
At halftime of last Friday night’s football game, the Pop Keeney Stadium scoreboard read Bothell 30, Woodinville 3. Despite the lopsided deficit, a cheerful ceremony took place to induct eight individuals and one team from the 31-year history of Woodinville athletics into the school’s Athletic Hall of Fame. The school’s marching band took its place on the field and played a tune, and then the inductees were introduced one-by-one.