Falcons repel Turks

Falcon junior Olivia Bolding boots in a goal in the first half against Sultan on Tuesday.  - Ben Watanabe / The Record
Falcon junior Olivia Bolding boots in a goal in the first half against Sultan on Tuesday.
— image credit: Ben Watanabe / The Record

Playing in their final home game of their careers, South Whidbey’s three senior girls soccer players shone Tuesday night.

The Falcons (4-9 Cascade Conference, 4-11 overall) scored an early goal, added another in the first half and held on for a 2-1 victory over the Sultan Turks on Senior Night.

Running through a thick fog that shrouded much of Waterman Field, South Whidbey relied on a fast offense that was often lost in the mist. That was the case in the first score, a goal by senior Maia Sparkman in the first minute on a through ball by junior Olivia Bolding. Sparkman, who started the season as a defender and recently returned to the offense, her position the three previous years, scored her fourth goal in the past three games.

Sparkman returned the favor in the 28th minute. She booted a corner kick into Sultan’s goal box, where Bolding found it with her right foot and knocked it in for a 2-0 lead.

Sultan (2-10-1 Cascade Conference, 4-10-1 overall) responded with a goal of its own after the Senior Night halftime break, but South Whidbey was able to hold them to only one and secured its second one-goal win over the Turks this year.

On Thursday, South Whidbey fell 4-0 to Archbishop Murphy (13-0 Cascade Conference, 15-0 overall).

South Whidbey finishes its regular season Saturday at Granite Falls before starting the 1A District 1 tournament Oct. 30.


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