Whenever Woodinville and Inglemoor play soccer, things get physical and intense. Last Friday night was no exception at Pop Keeney Stadium. The Woodinville Falcons took a 1-0 lead into halftime. But then Inglemoor took control in the second half, giving the Vikings a 3-1 win in this Kingco 4A contest.
“It’s a rivalry game, it was a blast,” Woodinville’s first-year coach Jimmy Holliday said. “I had fun watching it and coaching it. [Inglemoor is] a really good squad like everybody in Kingco is. Our boys showed up to play.”
The night got off on the right foot for the Falcons. In the 12th minute, Woodinville’s Jerry Manzano drilled a direct kick past Inglemoor defenders and into the net for a 1-0 lead. It was Woodinville’s first goal in four games. Excitement and energy ran high throughout the Falcon team.
Woodinville carried that 1-0 lead into halftime. But then a determined Inglemoor team struck back six minutes into the second half. Orion Atlee got one into the net, which tied things up at 1-1.
Six minutes later, Inglemoor drew blood again. This time, senior midfielder Nick Wright got one past the goalie. This staked the Vikings to a lead they would never relinquish.
With the win, Inglemoor remained in first place in KingCo with a 3-0 record. With the loss, Woodinville dropped to 0-3 in KingCo 4A and 1-4 overall.
In the post game aftermath, Woodinville coach Jimmy Holliday stressed the positive.
“Like I said, the boys showed up to play,” he said. “We finally got the effort we’ve been talking about and getting in practice the last couple of days. I was proud. We took a step, now let’s take the next step. Let’s keep this going.”
“Compared to Inglemoor, we’re not going to beat them skill-wise,” he added. “We’re a team. We finally meshed as a team and that showed tonight. The sum is always better than the individual parts, right?”
When asked to give an example of greater cohesion, Holliday referenced seeing “eighty minutes of hustle.”
“We were helping each other up,” he said. “Being positive in our constructive criticism of each other. The chatter on the field was informative and positive instead of the bickering which you sometimes see.”
This week, the Falcons host Skyline before traveling to Issaquah on Friday night. This marks an important stretch for the trajectory of Woodinville’s season.
“I want to see us tighten it up on the back in corners and balls in the air,” Holliday said. “Tighten up our midfield play. And finding that guy up front we can go to [to score when it is needed]. I can’t wait for Tuesday. It’s going to be a lot of fun.”