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Falcon girls blank Sultan 7-0 in soccer

The South Whidbey girls soccer team sent the Sultan Turks packing Tuesday with a 7-0 shutout.

Karissa Thomas had four goals for the Falcons in the Cascade Conference victory. Julia Iversen assisted on a Thomas goal while the rest were unassisted.

Paige Miller and Gwen Bakke also scored unassisted goals for the Falcons, and Bakke also assisted on a Morgan Thomson goal.

Goalie Natasha Kamps was credited with the South Whidbey (5-5 league and overall) shutout. Kristal Novak kept goal for Sultan (0-10, 0-12).

“Our girls came out fast scoring five goals in the first

20 minutes of the game,” said Falcon coach Paul Arand.

At seven minutes into the game, Thomas took a solo run to the left side and scored from about 10 yards to the right corner. Four minutes later, Bakke made a solo run around the right side and shot for a goal from 15 yards to the lower left corner. Halfway through the first half, Iversen sent a corner kick from the left side that was headed by Thomas to the upper right-hand corner of the net.

Miller made a move through the right middle of the field to finish with a power shot to the right side of the net, followed by a Thomas solo run up the left side of the field and finished with a shot to the mid-right side of the net.

For her final shot of the night, Thomas received the ball following a punt from Natasha Kamps and dribbled 50 yards past a defender to beat the keeper to the lower right corner of the net.

With minutes remaining, Thomsen scored with an assist from Bakke, who made a move from the left side and shot to the right corner, which was touched by Thomsen before rebounding into the net.

“Nice work all around,” Arand said.

“Karissa’s four goals is a testament to her athleticism and soccer sense. She made scoring goals look easy tonight.”

The coach noted that both Miller and Bakke had impressive solo runs and goals displaying their soccer speed and power.

“Their placement of the ball on these breakaway finishes was outstanding,” he said.

Arand also was impressed by his defensive backs — Natasha Kamps, Laura Barrow, MacKenzie Peterson, Megan Larmore, Christine Johnson, Michelle Young, Stephanie Raymond and Shannon Craig.

“Each night these young ladies work extremely hard supporting their teammates while containing some of the league’s most dangerous players,” Arand said.

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