Something of a seismic event hit Issaquah High School on September 7th. The Woodinville Falcons faced Issy in a rematch from last year’s playoff triumph. But this time around, the Falcons got blasted 8-1.
“You saw girls who were distraught, that were frustrated, that were hurt,” Woodinville coach Andrew Croft said. “You could tell how much they care about this game.”
But the Lady Falcons took to the field at Pop Keeney last Tuesday. And against a good Eastlake team, they prevailed 2-1.
“It was a good bounce back from Issaquah,” Woodinville’s Regan Schenck said. “We played better. We worked well as a team so it was nice.”
One of Woodinville’s goalies is a talented freshman named Holland Pilukas. The Woodinville Weekly spotlighted her in May for her high jump records at Timbercrest Junior High.
But now she’s playing goalie for the Falcons. To surrender eight goals against Issaquah was a tough pill for her to stomach.
“It was a wake-up call,” the soft-spoken Pilukas said.
But Pilukas and fellow goalie Sara Staup played magnificently against Eastlake.
“My heart was racing, it was pretty stressful sometimes,” Pilukas said. “I just tried to stay focused the whole time and keep working.”
“That wake-up call shows how much she cares,” Croft said. “It’s the reason she plays as a freshman. Goalkeeper is usually reserved for someone who is experienced. I’ve known her for a while and I know how hard she works. I know how much she puts into getting better. What happened last week revolved around things she hasn’t seen yet. Free kicks that moved more than they would normally move. Throw-ins that were more organized than what she has seen. But the competitor she is, she learned quickly and made some amazing plays [tonight]… It was great to see this resilience.”
As of this writing, Woodinville is 2-2. They play this Tuesday at Mount Si and then return home Thursday to host Inglemoor at Pop Keeney Stadium.
“The girls bounced back so well, and it’s awesome,” Croft said. “It’s great to coach players who care as much as they do. We’ve had some great days of training and the girls absorbed so much the last couple days that they were able to [implement] tonight. I’m proud of them. We’re going to keep fighting, and onto the next one. One game at a time.”