WHS girls soccer 9.3.21

Woodinville High School women's soccer head coach M'ily Morton prepares the team for the season opening jamboree.

As the fall sports season begins, the Woodinville High School women’s soccer coach looks forward to a more “normal” season.

Head coach M’ily Morton said the team faces fewer COVID-19 protocols this season, including no facial masks and no limit on fans in the stands for outdoor sports.

In addition, Morton said she looks forward to participating in more competitions, both out of district and in district, compared to the shortened season played in the spring. 

The Lady Falcons kicked off the season with a jamboree against Bothell and North Creek high schools at Pop Keeney Stadium on Wednesday, Sept. 1.

North Creek defeated WHS in the first game with a 1-0 shutout. However, Woodinville bounced back with a 3-0 victory against Bothell in the second game.

According to Morton, about 80 students tried out for a spot on the team this year, which reached a program record. She said six seniors graduated from the team last year.

The volume of players allowed Woodinville to have four teams, including varsity, junior varsity and two C teams.

“I am excited to continue to build the program and see how all of our teams do this season,” Morton wrote in an email.

Morton expects certain players to distinguish themselves this fall, such as sophomore Kameron Wimsatt, senior Kennedy Bates, senior Hannah Grimes and freshman Ally Laccinole.

Grimes, who is goalkeeper, said the team focused on resiliency last year during the pandemic and she plans to continue working to apply that quality during competitions.

“Strengthening our team bond is one thing we focus on a lot,” Grimes said. “Our coaches push us to really get to know each other on a personal level and all of my teammates are my best friends.”

As far as improvements go, both Grimes and Morton hope the team can finish plays by scoring more goals.

“We created so many opportunities last year in front of the goal but just couldn't put the ball in the back of the net when it mattered,” Morton said. “I am hopeful we can continue to create the same amount of goal-scoring opportunities, but be able to finish them this season.”

Looking forward, Woodinville has a diverse set of opponents. The Falcons are set to take on the Wildcats next at West Seattle High School on Sept. 7 at 4 p.m.

“I think every team will be tough competition,” Morton said. “There is no easy game in King County.”

Varsity schedule for WHS women’s soccer:

Tuesday, Sept. 7 – West Seattle High School (away), 4 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 9 – Holy Names Academy at Pop Keeney, 7:30 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 10 – Lewis & Clark High School (away), 6 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 14 – Kamiak High School at Pop Keeney, 5:30 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 17 – Glacier Peak High School (away), 7 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 21 – Skyline High School at Pop Keeney, 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 23 – Eastlake High School (away), 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 28 – Issaquah High School at Pop Keeney, 5:30 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 30 – Mount Si High School (away), 7:30 p.m.

Conference games:

Tuesday, Oct. 5 – Redmond High School, 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 7 – Newport High School, 8 p.m.

Tuesday, Oct. 12 – North Creek High School, 5:30 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 14 – Bothell High School, 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Oct. 19 – Inglemoor High School, 5:30 p.m.

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