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Falcons pull closer to ATM
South Whidbey's successful soccer team (3-2 in Cascade Conference, 9-2 overall) shut out a young Blaine squad 4-0 on a windy Saturday afternoon to pull within one game of conference leader Archbishop Murphy (4-0, 9-0-1 overall).
"Blaine didn't give us much of a challenge," Coach Paul Arand said.
"Even their keeper is a freshman. But Mount Vernon (where the game was played) is a nice venue, bigger, with a new turf," he said. "We played through our rotation and gave everyone a chance."
Speaking of varsity freshmen, Falcon Karissa Thomas got two goals and is now the team's leading scorer.
Senior Rita Jones and junior Kelsey Kimmel accounted for the other two goals.
"We were giving the underclassmen a chance to play on defense and I got a breakaway into the far side of the net," Jones said.
This year's Falcon team, Jones said, is "one of the strongest teams ever. Both ATM and Cedarcrest are within our reach."
Oct. 18 is a big day for the team -- ATM comes to town during Homecoming Week (6 p.m. at Waterman Field) and the Lady Falcons will celebrate Fan Appreciation Day and Senior Night (five of six seniors have played the full four years together) with cider and cookies.
And maybe a big win on the field.
"We're right there and would very much like to change their (ATM's) conference record," Arand said.