Senior midfielder Haley Fay, left, attempts some magic against Eastlake. Photo by Don Mann.
It was a tough week in the goal-scoring department for the Woodinville Lady Falcons soccer team, though the stiff KingCo crunch-time competition had a little something to do with it.
After playing to a scoreless tie — after double overtime — at home against defensive-minded Eastlake on Tuesday, the Lady Falcs traveled to unbeaten and high-powered Skyline on Thursday.
The Spartans scored off a corner kick late in the first half and held off Woodinville for a 1-0 win.
“We didn’t have as many scoring opportunities against Skyline as we did against Eastlake, but as banged up as we were I thought our defense held up really well against a pretty good team,” Woodinville coach Sully Hester said. “Katrina Neir played a phenomenal game back there, and we threw everything we had at them. It was a good chess match and you don’t feel good about losing, but I thought it was one of our proudest moments this season.”
Woodinville (4-3-2, 7-3-3), currently tied for fourth place in the conference, takes on Inglemoor (1-6-2, 4-8-3) in Kenmore on Tuesday with playoffs set to begin next week against an opponent yet to be determined.
Branden Shrout gets a downfield block — or not — from senior teammate Kyle Adkins to spring for a big gain during the Falcons’ 31-0 win over Roosevelt at Memorial Stadium in Seattle on Friday. Photo courtesy Ron Pfaff
With big gun Alec Schwend on the sidelines resting up for the money games heading down the pike, quarterback Brett Arrivey threw two touchdown passes to Kyle Adkins and ran for another as Woodinville ripped Roosevelt 31-0 at Memorial Stadium in Seattle on Friday.It was the fourth shutout of the season for the Falcons (5-0, 8-0) who take on top-ranked Eastlake (4-0, 8-0) in the KingCo title game Thursday at Pop Keeney Stadium.
The Wolves punched their ticket to the dance with a 28-21 win over Skyline on Friday.
“Pretty cool and it’ll be a big, big game,” Woodinville coach Wayne Maxwell said moments after learning the outcome on the east side. “Our kids are up for the challenge.”
Falcon Branden Shrout broke the seal on Friday with a 2-yard blast and Connor Zaback knocked in a 32-yard field goal to give Woodinville a 10-0 first quarter lead. Back-to-back strikes from Arrivey to Adkins pushed it to 24-zip at halftime.
Though the Roughriders rushed for 219 yards — an eyebrow-raising stat — they were kept out of the end zone by a defense led by Jack Sturgeon’s eight solo tackles — and four assists. Sawyer Whalen bagged another sack, his sixth of the season.
“The defense showed up again, like it has all year,” Maxwell said.
The big question now is who shows up on Thursday.
Eastlake is led by 6-foot, 185-pound senior running back Ryan Lewis, who leads all KingCo with 1,236 yards on 112 carries — over 10 yards a pop — and has scored 19 touchdowns. Against Skyline he was 22 for 198 with three scores. Legit.
Their senior quarterback doesn’t throw it much — and not very accurately when he does at less than 50 percent with six picks versus seven touchdowns. But he can run it: seven yards a pop and 10 touchdowns.
When he does hoist it up, his go-to guy averages 20 yards per catch; the free safety cannot fall asleep on him.
Need more numbers to chew on till Thursday?
The tale of the tape tells you Eastlake has scored 329 points and yielded 87. Woodinville’s tallied 300 and permitted 45: Push.
Common opponents? The Wolves beat Roosevelt 41-20, Redmond 43-0. The Falcons whitewashed the ‘Riders 31-zip, and mauled the Mustangs 55-7 (55-zip at the half): Push.
Eastlake has beaten Newport (who beat Bothell), Issaquah and Skyline.
Woodinville has beaten Mount Si, Bothell and Inglemoor: Edge to the Eastsiders.
But the Eastsiders have a long bus ride from Sammammish to Pop Keeney on a funky prime-time Thursday to take on an equally unbeaten high school football team playing at its house in front of its fans: Forget that edge.
Hey, maybe Eastlake is all that. But if there’s a stronger, deeper squad from top to bottom than this Woodinville group, a senior-driven crew that has no apparent weakness and always shows up for work, this reporter — not typically a homer — has yet to see them.
My call? I’m sticking with the Baumans, the Hollisters, the McKees, all those guys. Bring the hard hats and lunch pails and load up the box.
Roosevelt 7 vs. Inglemoor 27 (@ Pop Keeney Stadium, Oct. 8)
Scoring summary: Ingl - Davis Walker 30 pass from Hans Fortune (Willie Augustavo kick), Ingl - Junior Vi 6 run (Willie Augustavo kick), Ingl - Jake Jones 2 run (Willie Augustavo kick), Ingl - Jake Jones 2 run (kick failed), Roos - Connor Smith 4 run (Michael Bennett kick)
INGLEMOOR BOYS TENNIS
Redmond 6 vs. Inglemoor 1
Singles — Jeff Jou, R, d. Ryan Paek, 7-6 (3), 6-2; Dhruv Balakrishnan, R, d. Scott Zheng, 6-0, 6-0; Kevin Wong, R, d. Zach Church, 6-0, 6-1; Paul DeWater, R, d. Nick Paulay, 6-0, 6-0.
Doubles — Noah Klimisch-Nolan Miller, R, d. Sam Maylor-Jeffery Chinn, 6-0, 6-1; Austin Smith-Daisuke Tsukano, R, d. Chris Berger-Rahul Bachal, 7-5, 6-3; Arie Bolotin-Derek Wang, I, d. Bryan Owen-Asif Jamal, 6-7 (4), 6-2, 6-0.
INGLEMOOR GIRLS SOCCER
Inglemoor 0 vs. Ballard 1 (@ Ballard, Oct. 11)
Scoring summary: Bal - Jennie Ohlin Shutout, Bal - Lexie Grey (un) 53;00
Caleb Hamilton, left, smacks away a touchdown possibility late in the game as Inglemoor tries to climb back in. Photo by Don Mann.
The beat goes on.
Once again, Woodinville’s o-line showed up for work and Alec Schwend posted 151 yards on merely a dozen carries, scoring three touchdowns as the Falcons took it to Inglemoor 38-14 on homecoming night for the green team. It could’ve been worse, but for nine penalties that cost the home team over 100 yards, not to mention three Viking interceptions to keep them involved.
Somewhere down the line, that might hurt.
Nonetheless, Schwend ripped off a 59-yarder straight to the house six plays into the contest — showing some good giddyup — to get the Falcons on the board first.
Inglemoor responded, as Junior Vi picked off a deflected Brett Arrivey pass and returned it to the 8-yard line. Three plays later the Vikings converted on an inside screen from Hans Fortune to Quinn Edlin to tie it up.
But that would be the only tie.
Kyle Adkins, returning yet another punt, delivers a facial to an Inglemoor defender. Photo by Don Mann.
The Falcons scored twice more in the second quarter: a 4-yard scramble by Arrivey and a 64-yarder right up the gut from Schwend, who seemed to expect company that didn’t arrive, shrugging his untouched shoulder pads in the end zone as if to apologize.
Leading 21-7 at half, Woodinville tilted the field, as they have done thus far this year.
Things went farther south for Inglemoor when Trey Fornelius picked off the Vikings’ first play from scrimmage in the second half, leading to a 2-yard plunge from Schwend and a 33-yard field goal from Conner Zaback to make it 31-7 in the third. Fortune found Edlin again — one-on-one coverage — to make it 31-14 late in the third quarter but then, lickety-split on the Falcons’ next possession, Devin McKee broke for a 49-yarder into wide open space to make it 38-14, over and out.
In what seemed like an eternity, the Falcons brought the 2s into the game and neither team scored in the fourth quarter as the game clock slowwwwwly wound down.
Woodinville homecoming queen Ali Forde was all smiles. Photo by Don Mann.
Woodinville head man Wayne Maxwell, an Inglemoor alum, was thrust into the headlights of television cameras postgame — and asked some dopey questions by some interloping high-priced commentators — later talked about his team’s 7-0 record to the Woodinville Weekly.
“We we’re a little concerned about an emotional letdown after the big win last week. But this group is pretty special and we’ve got great senior leadership ... the Baumans, the Hollisters, the Whalens, all those guys ... We play as a team and they trust each other ... those guys are very disciplined and they keep each other in check. They stayed focused all week, focusing on the task at hand ... Their effort at practice has been consistent all year and that’s why they’ve had success.”
Woodinville travels to Seattle this Friday to take on Roosevelt at Memorial Stadium. The Roughriders (2-2, 4-3 overall) defeated rival Ballard 28-19 in the city last Friday.
Bothell sophomore Kenzie Bean, left, applies pressure to Woodinville senior Maddie Jones, as the ball sails out of bounds at midfield during the Falcons’ 3-2 win. Photo by Don Mann.
Woodinville junior Sophie Chakalo did what she does: she found a small window of opportunity and knocked a soccer ball into it. This time, just barely. But a goal is a goal and it translated into a 3-2 win over rival Bothell at Pop Keeney last Tuesday in a wild one.
With five minutes left in a scoreless second half in a 2-2 game seemed destined for OT, the striker struck, turning on a dime and drilling a ground ball shot on frame that squeaked through Cougar goalie Alexis Thode’s hands ... and slowly lurched across the goal line for the game winner. Thode, the All-KingCo keeper, made a lunging second attempt to beat the ball back as it dribbled behind her while the crowd on both sides held its collective breath.
It took a moment for the referees to decide on the outcome — a funky ending to an exciting back-and-forth game, and Thode probably wants the moment back as the ball never touched the net.
Said Bothell coach Shaun Warner: “I didn’t have a great look at it but the referee, to his credit, was where he was supposed to be so if he said it was in I can’t argue with that.”
Said Chakalo, who hit the crossbar on a laser late in the first half in a 2-2 tie: “I saw the opening, got past the defender and I remember my dad (at halftime) told me to just hit it on the ground and whatever happens will happen. The girl (Bothell keeper Thode) fumbled it and I saw it cross and said ‘That’s it, that has to be in.’ It didn’t get in by much but it got in and that’s all that matters.”
Bothell opened the scoring in a wild and wooly first half, as Samantha Mellick knocked in a wide-open cross from Ali Cundiff 30 seconds in.
Woodinville’s Brittney Greenback converted on a corner from Christine Horne to tie it up 10 minutes later, then Cundiff tallied from the right wing on a shot that slipped through the hands of Falcon keeper Molly Stinson.
Woodinville responded with a brilliant goal from Julianne Smith, unassisted, hooked from the right wing 20 yards out to make it 2-2: four goals in the first 20 minutes, an apparent shootout, lickety-split. Both teams were fired up and physical, going up and down as loose balls were recovered at midfield and delivered to spring offensive forays in both halves, both ways.
“Barnburner,” Woodinville coach Sully Hester said at the end, with a twinkle in his eye on a full moon night. “Skyline’s probably our true rival but it seems we can never beat Bothell by more than a goal, because of that crosstown rivalry thing. They get up for us and always make it tough. Tonight they came out with a lot of energy and put us on our heels. Number 18 (Taylor Storey) for them played really well on our forwards, but in the end we wore them down, I think.”
Added Warner: “It was a fun game to watch. I’m pretty happy — despite losing — because we’re better than I originally thought we’d be. You don’t like to lose, but it was one of those games you can learn something from. I thought we played really hard and I’m proud of our girls.”
Note: On Thursday, in perhaps an emotional letdown, the Lady Falcons played to a scoreless tie against Garfield at home, to establish a7-2-2 overall record, 4-2-1 in KingCo, now sitting in third place.
Issaquah and Skyline remain unbeaten in conference play. Woodinville travels to Skyline on Thursday.