In college football they say: “on any given Saturday, any team can beat another.” This holds true for Kingco soccer, too. Just substitute the word “Tuesday” for “Saturday” and the expression applied to last week’s Woodinville-Mount Si game.
The Falcons entered the game having just knocked off mighty Skyline. They were feeling pretty good about things.
But at various points against Mount Si, one could hear a pin drop at Pop Keeney Stadium. It was that quiet on the field amongst the Falcon players. And there was this eerie feeling that Woodinville might be on the verge of a surprising loss to Mount Si.
When the final whistle sounded, the Falcons walked off the field looking weary and discouraged. They had just fallen to the Lady Wildcats 2-1.
“We might have had the mental-ity that this team isn’t very good and we can play down to their level,” Woodinville’s Karoline Wucherer said. “So we didn’t feel the need to play as hard. Whereas Skyline is above us in the brackets, so we knew we needed play as hard as we could against them. So I think that contributed to what happened tonight.”
With the loss, Woodinville fell to 7-5-2, but remained in third place in Kingco 4A. The Falcons play two more games this week before entering the conference playoffs.
“Tonight’s loss, it sucks for the players,” Woodinville coach Andrew Croft said. “It’s a learning lesson. I told the girls at halftime that it’s their responsibility to come out and play like they were the better team. They played a better second half, but it wasn’t enough. Credit Mount Si. They played very well.”
Croft was asked about the huge win the week before against Skyline.
“We had been sick with the flu and we’ve had injuries,” Croft said. “We’ve been hurt. But the girls played extremely well against Skyline. They fought the entire duration of the game. It was good to see. Not the prettiest game, but sometimes that’s what you’ve got to do. You’ve got to grind it out.”
“But we’ve got to keep fighting and learn from games like this [tonight]” he added. “We’ve got to learn that every game is a battle. We talk about trying to go 1-0 every time. We have a lot of seniors here but we have a lot of youth too.”
With the postseason a mere two weeks away, what are this team’s goals?
“Personally as a senior, I hope we can make it all the way,” Wucherer said. “But we need to keep our goals realistic too.”