This one was kinda special for the Woodinville Lady Falcons, as they jumped out to a 2-0 lead over third-ranked Issaquah and held on tooth-and-nail to emerge victorious, 4-3 at Pop Keeney Stadium last Tuesday.
“It was a really inspired performance, “ Woodinville coach Sully Hester said. “They probably looked past us and we caught ’em.”
Falcon sophomore forward Sarah DeBoer knocked in an early goal from about 15 yards out to put the Eagles on their heels, and Falcon sophomore Taylor Weins topped that with a brilliant left-footer into the top shelf above a leaping goaltender at the 45-minute mark to put a further charge into the home team.
“That early goal was big,” Hester said. “It released some pressure and helped us relax.”
The Lady Eagles stormed back to tie it at 2-2, then Weins delivered another winner on an assist from DeBoer.
Falcon junior Emily Neubert then notched another on a feed from sophomore Sierra Brandenburg to make it 4-2 with 12 minutes left.
Issaquah’s 4-foot-11 inch senior dynamo Audrey Thomas immediately went coast-to-coast to make it 4-3.
The final 10 minutes were frantic as the Lady Falcs, behind the defensive efforts of seniors Kyla Gedney, Chrissy Gonzalez and Brittney Greenback, repelled every Issaquah late thrust. The Lady Eagles have it all: great speed, great skill and a killer instinct.
“We showed great composure and toughness,” Hester said. “And Gedney, who’d been injured, did a fantastic job of shutting down their No. 15, who’s one of the big keys to their offense.”
And what about the new-found offense, which had been shut out in three of the previous four contests?
“You can’t score if you don’t shoot,” Hester said. “We’ve been hesitating. But tonight we got shots off and we finished.”
The coach paused.
“This was one of the better victories I can remember.”
Woodinville, now 2-2-1 overall (1-0 in KingCo), hosts Redmond Tuesday and travels to Eastlake Thursday.
Note: The Lady Falcons’ Thursday game at defending state champion Skyline was postponed because a gun threat claiming to be from a student posted online caused a school closure. It has yet to be rescheduled.