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Lady Falcons answer the bell

  • Written by Don Mann
SOCCER
Falcon senior defender Chrissy Gonzalez, right, heads upfield against Redmond. Staff photo/Don Mann.
Showing great resilience, the Woodinville girls soccer team rebounded from a heartbreaking loss at home last Tuesday to post an uplifting win at Eastlake Thursday, shutting out the Lady Wolves 1-nil.

The victory raises the Lady Falcons’ record to 2-1 in league play, 3-3-1 overall, and keeps them in the top tier of the ultra-competitive KingCo conference where anything can happen on any given night.

There’s a long way to go before this thing reaches the finish line, and things can get topsy-turvy in a hurry.

At Eastlake, Brittney Greenback knocked in a header late in the first half and the Lady Falcons’ defense made it stand up over the final 40 minutes.

“It was a corner kick that got knocked around before Brittney scored on an assist from Rachel Schenk,” Woodinville coach Sully Hester said.“We played great defense. Molly (goalkeeper Stinson) was solid as usual. Brittney, besides scoring the only goal of the game, played really, really well.”

And Hester handed out praise to a newcomer.

“We brought up Kelsey Neill, a junior, from the JV because we were shorthanded and banged up.

“She played really well at center half in her first varsity appearance and we needed that.”

Hester was asked how it felt to respond so well after the Redmond double-overtime loss at home, in which the game-winning goal was scored with only 10 seconds to play.

“It feels real good,” he said. “We’ve gone toe-to-toe with some of the better teams in the league and shown the maturity to handle their pressure. That Redmond game was a tough one, very tough. But after the game, some of our senior leaders were real good about staying positive and just moving forward.”

The Lady Falcs travel to Garfield (1-2-1 in KingCo) Tuesday and enjoy a KingCo bye on Thursday.

The game off comes at an opportune time, with seniors Sophie Chakalo and Christine Horne nursing nagging injuries.

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