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Lady Cougs nip Lady Falcs in a prelim

  • Written by Don Mann
Girls Soccer
Bothell senior Allison Vick, left, and Woodinville senior Christine Horne battle for a loose ball along the sideline late in the game. Staff photo/Don Mann.
Bothell senior sweeper Courtney Shish scored 20 minutes in and the Lady Cougars’ defense made it stand up for a 1-0 non-conference victory over Woodinville at Pop Keeney Stadium on Tuesday.

The win bumps Bothell’s record to 2-2 with KingCo play set to start this week. Woodinville, 0-1-1, has yet to score a goal.

The game’s lone goal came off a set-piece after a Falcon penalty.

Cougar junior midfielder Katie Aine lauched a chip inside from about 50 yards away that took a high bounce in front requiring Woodinville goalie Molly Stinson to leap to block it.

The carom fell to Shish at the doorstep who put it away easily. Moments earlier Bothell senior Samantha Mellick had a great look from 15 yards out but her liner sailed just over the crossbar. She hung her head at missing that chance.

The Lady Cougs applied more pressure than the Lady Falcs in the first half.“I was really happy for the team,” third-year Bothell coach Shaun Warner said after weathering a late push by Woodinville.This was by far the best we’ve played so far, and it was a great confidence builder. We’ve had a couple tough losses and it was nice to see the team come out and play hard and play smart.”

He noted it was a non-league game, but there was some significance. “Woodinville is a rival to us. They always have a solid squad over there and since I’ve been here at Bothell we’re 0-4 against them. So this is kind of a big one,” he said with a smile.

What did he like best? “I liked that the players who don’t necessarily play a lot stepped up tonight and were phenomenal when they got their opportunity. They really played hard.”

He also gave propers to Shish. “She’s been here three years and has been just outstanding. She scored the only goal and saved us in the back all night. Woodinville has one of the best forwards in the league and it was fun to watch those two go at it.”

He was speaking about Falcon senior sniper Sophie Chakalo, who saw her first action – and not until the second half – after nursing a hamstring injury for the last two weeks.

Woodinville coach Sully Hester was not overly concerned that his squad had not scored in two games.

On the flip side, they’d only given up one goal and the defense led by Chrissy Gonzalez, Brittney Greenback and Christine Horne was solid as a rock.

“We’re still having a look-see at what we’ve got, mixing it up to see what works best, and Sophie played at three-quarter speed,” he said.

On not yet finding the net: “You can’t score if you don’t shoot. So we’ll re-enforce our system of trying to get multiple high percentage shots.”

And what did the venerable coach and art teacher like best on the night, if anything?

“I liked the immediate response from the team that we’re already motivated for the rematch when we play them in league. I liked that there was no finger-pointing and I liked the attitude in the last 20 minutes to go for it. That attitude adjustment put them (Bothell) on their heels.”

Bothell begins league play at Roosevelt Tuesday before hosting Ballard Thursday.

Woodinville has a more immediate challenge: The Lady Falcs host Issaquah, a perennial state qualifier, at the Pop on Tuesday before getting on the bus to confront defending state champion Skyline on the plateau Thursday.

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