Falcons lose to Inglemoor, but advance to KingCo Title Game

SoccerPhoto by Derek Johnson. Against a backdrop of murky fog, dejected Woodinville players head toward midfield to congratulate victorious Inglemoor, while coach Nathan Davis attempts to sustain morale. The Lady Falcons won two nights later over Newport, to earn a spot in the Kingco Championship game. The Woodinville Falcons lost a hard-fought game to Inglemoor last Tuesday night by a 2-1 score, at Woodinville High School. But the Lady Falcons finished the week on a high note by beating Newport 3-1, to advance to the KingCo Championship game October 28th.

Against Inglemoor, Woodinville seemed to be constantly staving off Viking scoring threats. Inglemoor’s first goal came late in the first half, when Emma Spenser took a pass from Jordan Lemieux and booted the ball into the net. The two Lady Vikings teamed up again with another goal in the 73rd minute of play, to clinch the victory for Inglemoor.

From that point forward, Woodinville was unable to mount any serious threat in the game’s closing minutes.

"We played our hearts out, that’s for sure," senior forward Brianna Rekevics said following the Inglemoor game, in which she scored a goal. "We just couldn’t get enough in. We knew it was going to be a tough and aggressive game."

Woodinville’s junior defender Keagan Bolibol was rather prophetic in her post-game comments.

"It’s a bummer, but sometimes teams need losses like this because it builds character," Bolibol said. "Even though this game was very important to us, it will make us closer by getting past it and working through problems that we had tonight and then getting stronger so we can make it to the championship game, hopefully."

When asked to specify, Bolibol responded.

"We definitely need to work on set pieces," she said. "We just need to stay on our marks — the players we are marking. We need to stay with them so they don’t get the ball and get it into the net. I think that’s a serious problem we have — marking in general, all over the field. Not letting that player get away from you. Staying focused the entire time."

Two nights later on October 24th, Woodinville subsequently beat Newport by a score of 3-1. The win improved the Lady Flacons to 10-4-1 overall and 7-3 in conference play. They play for the KingCo Championship vs. Redmond on Monday night at 7:30 p.m. at Pop Keeney Stadium.

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