Seahawk coach Pete Carroll always says, “It’s not how you start but how you finish.” And the Lady Falcons of Woodinville took that maxim to heart.
Playing host to North Creek (9-7), the Falcons beat the Lady Jags 3-1 to snap a five-game losing streak. The Woodinville gym rollicked with energy and smiles as the girls closed out the season on a high note.
“Everybody was firing on all cylinders,” Woodinville coach Andrea Roelen said. “I was so proud of them. It finally all came together. The players felt it, the staff could feel it and the fans could feel it. And it was such a nice way to end our season. We knew that we couldn’t mathematically make the playoffs. But they went after it and I was so proud how it all came together.”
While Woodinville finished with a 3-10 record, the team grew less tentative and more confident as the season progressed. Roelen, who completed her first year as head coach, has gone by the nickname “Hammer” since her All-American days at the University of Puget Sound. It was probably just a matter of time before this team became more aggressive through sheer osmosis.
“In the last couple weeks of the season, we were talking about the close matches we had been in,” Roelen said. “I gave them the green light to aggressively go for it! Get aggressive, be smart and be tenacious rather than tentative. And in those last couple of matches they got comfortable with that. I would rather them go for it and make a mistake than be tentative and make a mistake… I loved that they went for it and saw the fruits of that effort.”
Roelen is already fired up for next season. Her squad will return Colleen File (First Team All-Kingco 4A) and Emma Daoud-Hebert (Honorable Mention All-Kingco 4A).
“We became very close as a team,” she said. “We’ve built this really strong foundation. We like to be together and we like to play hard. I’m eager to see how they can do next season.”
COACH ROELEN’S COMMENTS ON SENIOR CLASS
“Janett Ramirez had great leadership, amazing defense. She learned so much. She was a vacuum for us. We will greatly miss that young lady on our team.
“Sierra McKissick was injured most of the season. She came out and played a heck of a match against North Creek. She was frustrated to not be on the court, but she was such a leader and so motivated from the bench. She had a great leadership role.
“Jordan Jackson was one of our defensive specialists and Madison Lindquist we had on the right as a big blocker. That senior class did so much for us, and we have a lot of talent coming back with a lot of versatility.”