Lady Falcs whip Inglemoor in season opener

  • Written by Don Mann
Inglemoor’s Melissa Harris, left, battles for the ball with Woodinville’s Aly Johnston at midfield. Photo by Don Mann.
It was a non-conference game that mattered little in the overall picture, but it was opening night at home and you want to set a tone.

Plus it was a rivalry game, where anything can happen.

Despite the absence of at least a half-dozen veteran players — some ineligible, some injured, and some away at a concert — the Woodinville girls’ soccer team beat Inglemoor 4-1 at home on Wednesday.

“We survived,” coach Sully Hester said. “We had to cancel the JV game just to have the numbers to play a varsity game.”

Hester had his starting front six in place, and the veterans did brisk business against a young Viking squad.

Senior Audrey Phillips gained control of a loose ball at midfield and served a sweet dish inside to Christine Horne, cutting from the left.

Horne carried it one tap to her right and fired a shot into the left corner for a score 19 minutes in.

Three minutes later, striker Reagan Quigley ran down a forward pass into the deep right corner and sent a cross that somehow got massaged by the soccer gods to find its way into the net, sneaking over the goalkeeper’s head, for an unassisted goal and a 2-0 lead. Junior Sophie Chakalo then scored, unassisted, after digging out a loose ball in the middle —  found space, turned and fired — and it was 3-zip at the half.

Inglemoor got on the board off a set piece after a Falcon foul, as Juliette Pisani knocked in a direct kick from 25 yards out.

“Great shot,” Hester said. “She placed it right up there in the corner.”

Then Chakalo, the junior sniper, scored again off a feed by Quigley to make it 4-1 before the clock ran out.

“Our midfield looked awfully good,” Hester said, noting the play of Phillips, Horne and Haley Fay, who dominated the pitch. “We were missing some folks but it was good for the swing (JV) players to come up and get a sniff.”

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