Soccer girls climb the Cascade ladder

The South Whidbey girls soccer team downed two opponents in two home games this week to continue their climb up the Cascades Conference ladder.

On Tuesday the Falcons beat Granite Falls in a textbook 3-0 win. On Thursday, the team pushed through Lakewood 2-0.

The wins are just the notches the Falcons needed under their belts as they climbed into third place in the conference with an overall record of 7-3. They trail undefeated Cedarcrest (10-0) and Archbishop Murphy at (9-2).

At home Tuesday, the Falcons were swift of feet in a game that was driven by ball skills and high intensity foot play by both teams. Every player coming of the field was winded in the nonstop running match.

Less than 4 minutes into the game, sophomore midfielder Kelsey Kimmel scored the Falcon’s first goal off a break-away from around 20 yards out. She received a pass up the right side and nailed the ball across the goal into the left corner for the score The Falcon’s entered the second half with a 1-0 lead.

Despite the evenly matched play, the Falcons maintained the winning edge as they continuously nudged into the Tiger’s territory. The ball flowed around the field as the Falcons practiced some text book passing skills.

“The offense came out and played as six players together,” said Falcon head coach Paul Arand.

South Whidbey’s second goal of the evening came at 36 minutes on the second half clock when junior midfielder Katie Watson took possession of the ball around 30 yards out and proceeded to dribble circles around the Tigers. Driving to just the top of the Granite Falls 18-yard box, Watson nailed the shot and scored.

The long ball kick of Falcon junior defender Rita Jones proved to be a threat at 33 minutes in the second. Jones took a shot from 40 yards out, forcing the Tiger goalkeeper to make a leaping save to tip it over the cross bar.

Junior forward Jenna Wild scored the final goal for the evening by dribbling up the right side into the Tiger 18-yard box before trickling in a ground shot from 10 yards out.

The Falcons had to work in a different way in their win over Lakewood Thursday. Steady defensive pressure on Waterman Field by both teams rushed plays.

Kimmel scored 10 minutes into the first half off a deflected shot by freshman forward Martha Rocio Gil-Osorio.

At 21 minutes, senior Ashley Cotton gave a through ball to Jenna Wild, who nailed it low for the goal.

During the game Watson continued to charge through the center on her way to the net and Wild connected foot with ball for a number of shots. Plays by Gil-Osorio, Kimmel, junior forward Nicole Falso, junior midfielder Jessica Burgess and sophomore midfielders Emily Grove and Anna Schmitt helped keep on the pressure.

“Our midfield did a good job passing and running off the ball to help us get things going,” Cotton said.

It was a push by both to get any offense going, and South Whidbey took some knocks as the Cougars made them earn their win.

“We could have done better on defense to have things more under control but we’re still working things out,” Cotton said.

Freshman defender Amy Pfeiffer said the Falcon defense will likely go back to the drawing board in practices to work on quick clears of the ball and eliminate excess touches.

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