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Despite season-ending loss, Falcons worthy of respect

  • Written by Derek Johnson, Sports Writer

Soccer MollyPhoto by Derek Johnson. Woodinville goalie Molly Stinson (left) prepares to boot the ball deep down field during her team’s Kingco tournament loss to Inglemoor October 31st at Skyline High School.In the aftermath of a double overtime loss to Inglemoor, Woodinville coach Nathan Davis called his team together on the field. The grim-faced girls gathered around him, some openly sobbing, as the 1-0 loss they’d just suffered marked the sudden end to their season.

The Vikings’ Careena Alaoui had scored the winning goal during the final minute of the second overtime.

"We’re not going to move on, our season ends," Davis said. "But it was just nice to see us end on a game playing the game the way we should be playing. If you’re going to lose, I told the girls that you’ve got to leave it all on the field. Besides the first 15 minutes, it was a 50/50 game. We got some shots, they got some shots. I think it’s unfortunate that it came down like this. I think if it got to penalty kicks, then (Falcon goalie) Molly (Stinson) would have won it for us. I think that’s why she’s very upset now, she knew she would make some saves. She would have had a moment to shine... But it didn’t work out that way."

The game remained scoreless for the first 89 minutes of play, as the two teams battled with intensity and physicality throughout the cold evening. 

"We fought them hard, and we’ve always been a really good second half team," Falcon midfielder Kelly Wucherer said. "We had a lot of opportunities in the second half. They got a lucky break at the very end. We didn’t get the first clear out, and it fell to one of their players and she took a couple of our players on. We expected it to be cleared but it wasn’t cleared. Maybe we had some tired legs, and she got a shot off."

Woodinville’s Kelsie Neill, a first team Kingco selection as a midfielder, struggled to speak. "I’m just really upset," she said. "I don’t know, it’s a tough loss."

The Lady Falcons finished the season at 10-5-1 and surprised some observers who expected lesser things from the Woodinville squad. Despite this difficult defeat, coach Davis felt positive with the overall season.

"I told the girls at the beginning of the year that I was charging them with the task of changing the reputation of our program," he said. "To be a program that every time you step on the field other teams will fear you. And I think they did that. They worked day in and day out to become one of the best teams in Kingco, and they showed it tonight,. They’re one of the best teams out there, considering that Kingco is the best division in the state.

"These girls changed the face of Woodinville soccer. And I’m proud of what they did tonight."

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