Falcon girls edge King’s in soccer

The South Whidbey girls soccer team beat a tough King’s team late last week 5-4.

Paige Miller picked up the first Falcon goal assisted by Gwen Bakke, a breakaway score after the pass from the left side to the center behind the defense. Miller put the ball in the lower left corner of the net.

Miller got her second goal assisted by Karissa Thomas, another breakaway after the pass from Thomas.

“Paige played the ball beneath the keeper to the lower center of the net after the keeper came out of the net to stop the goal,” explained Falcon coach Paul Arand.

Just before the half, Thomas scored on her own after getting the ball from a rebound off a King’s player. She dribbled the ball to the left and then to her right to the top of the penalty area and shot the ball to the upper right corner of the net to beat the keeper.

Miller was on fire, picking up her third goal assisted by Julia Iversen just before the period ended.

Iversen attacked through the middle attracting the defense, then played the ball to Miller in the center.

The fifth goal came from Thomas on a direct kick from from 18 yards over a wall to the upper right side of the net.

“This was a monumental win for our team as this is the first time that South Whidbey has defeated King’s since they joined the league,” Arand said.

“It was clear that we jumped to the early lead by displaying a desire to win the 50/50 balls all over the field. We had some trouble containing the talented Knight Hillary Zevenbergen in the second half, but goalkeeper Natasha Kamps stepped up big to make some key saves throughout the game.”

Arand praised Liz Adams, Iversen, Bakke, Laurie Robinson and Courtney Fredrickson for their early efforts winning the ball and sending it forward to start the offense.

“Paige finished her runs on goal with great poise as she placed her three scores away from the keeper to the corners despite heavy pressure from the King’s defense. Karissa’ two goals were perfectly placed,” the coach noted.

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