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Lady Falcs let a big one get away

  • Written by Don Mann
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Woodinville’s Alex Johnson, left, battles Ballard’s Madeline Gilbert along the sideline. Staff photo/Don Mann.
This was one the Lady Falcons really needed, but it got away.

Ballard’s Isabelle Marquez scored with under a minute remaining in the second overtime period — as the Beavers shocked Woodinville 3-2 in a come-from-behind victory Thursday at Pop Keeney Stadium.

It drops the Lady Falcons (2-4, 3-6-1 overall) into a three-way tie for eighth place in KingCo 4A, where only six make the playoff tournament.

Making the playoffs is not a mathematical impossibility for Woodinville, but they sure have big work to do in a hurry. The Lady Falcons take on Bothell Tuesday, Inglemoor Thursday and Newport the following Tuesday — all at the Pop — and need to win them all to have any kind of shot at the postseason.

And, depending on how the other KingCo dominos fall, even that might not get it done.

Woodinville took a 1-0 lead right before the half when sophomore Taylor Weins — remember the name —  turned on a left-footer in open space from 25 yards out for a brilliant goal.

Ballard tied it four minutes into the second half, when Woodinville couldn’t clear a third straight Beaver corner kick and Marquez scored from in front.

Four minutes later Woodinville’s Chrissy Gonzalez scored an easy one from the doorstep when Ballard’s goalie fumbled a Brittney Greenback chip off a set piece to make it 2-1 Falcons.

Ballard tied it again at the 56-minute mark before Marquez’s gamer.

In a last-ditch effort, Weins was taken down in the goal box for an apparent Woodinville penalty kick with seconds remaining, but no foul was called which led to a cascade of catcalls from the hometown crowd.

“Bothell and Inglemoor next week with all of us fighting to stay alive,” Woodinville coach Sully Hester said. “Those rivalry games are always tough, but now it’ll get really interesting.”

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