Heartbreaking overtime losses end Falcons Season

  • Written by Derek Johnson
Woodinville's Cassie Johnson with the header. Derek Johnson photo.


BOTHELL — The Woodinville Falcons took Inglemoor and Jackson to overtime last week but lost both games and their season came to an end.

Woodinville finished the year with an overall record of 6-6-2. Wednesday, Oct. 31 was the teams final game of the regular season at PopKeeney Stadium.

The Falcons were playing Inglemoor, who had already claimed the conference championship. Woodinville came out with massive intensity. There were high-speed collisions and bodies flying to the cold turf. Ella Zamzow scored the first goal of the contest and the Falcons led the Vikings 1-0.

Woodinville fans were ecstatic. Inglemoor answered back in the second half to send the match to overtime.

It was there that the Vikings scored again to prevail 2-1.

“I think we fought really hard through the whole thing,” Woodinville’s Holland Pilukas said. “But Inglemooris very tough and they have a lot of spirit on their team.”

Falcons coach M’ily Reiterstared off into the middle distance as she spoke with a reporter.

“Sometimes it is hard to gather my thoughts after an emotional game when you lose in overtime,” Reiter said.“We battled with a tough team and took them to over-time. Our team shows a lot of character in that sense. We can shut down their best player — Hannah Jensen did an amazing job defending their best player [Ashly Burge], who is the league’s offensive MVP.

“When they scored we were like, `Man we laid everything out there and yet they just scored.’ We felt defeated and didn’t have the energy to fight back— Inglemoor did a great job of getting us out of our rhythm. Almost like they bully us into playing a different game plan than we want, and it works for them.”

Woodinville was slated to play Jackson Saturday, Nov. 2 in the first round of the West-King 4A Girls District Tournament. When asked about it, Reiter
nodded and smiled.

“We can beat anyone on any given day,” she said. “Jackson is ranked higher and we’re the underdog. But that gives us a little bit more fuel. I think we can beat anyone. I’m excited — it’s our first playoff game.”

Woodinville traveled to Everett Memorial Stadium and battled Jackson to a 0-0 score at the end of regulation play. The game went to overtime, but neither team could break the ice there either.

When it came down to nerve-racking penalty kicks, Jackson tallied a goal to win it 1-0.

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