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Seattle Christian shuts out South Whidbey girls soccer

South Whidbey girls soccer fell 2-0 to Seattle Christian on Tuesday and was eliminated from the 1A District 1 tournament.

The loss knocked the Falcons out of the playoffs and sent Seattle Christian on to a winner-to-state match against Cedar Park Christian on Thursday.

“The whole team, honestly, played incredibly,” said Falcon senior defender Katie Sibley. “It was a really great game. Sometimes the scoring isn’t in your favor, every now and then.”

Against Seattle Christian, the Nisqually 1A Conference leader that finished 15-2, South Whidbey struggled to find its offense. Falcon senior Maia Sparkman said she had a free look at the goal from the 18-yard mark, but missed her shot.

“We couldn’t finish our shots or get much of an offensive attack,” she said.

The Falcons’ defense held the Warriors scoreless for almost 50 minutes. By the second half, however, Seattle Christian set up its shots for two goals, both outside the Falcons’ goal box.

South Whidbey finished with its best overall record (5-15) in the three years head coach Ben Rusch has run the program. The Falcons won four Cascade Conference regular season matches: two against Coupeville and two against Sultan.

Injuries hurt the Falcons throughout the season. Having started with a small squad, the loss of varsity players thinned the bench reserves and further spread out the junior varsity squad. South Whidbey’s starters played the entire match with only a few substitutions against Seattle Christian.

 

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