Falcons start season with lopsided wins / Volleyball, soccer

The South Whidbey volleyball and soccer teams began the 2018 season is fine fashion as both posted one-sided wins on the road Tuesday, Sept. 4.

The volleyball team won 3-0 at 4A Mariner while the soccer squad thumped Port Townsend 7-0.

Volleyball

The Falcons cruised to a 25-12, 25-15, 25-15 win over the Marauders.

Emma Leggett led South Whidbey’s attack with 14 kills and five aces. Emma Hodson chipped in with nine kills.

Chloe Johnson handed out 18 assists and recorded seven aces in the shutout.

South Whidbey hosts Bellevue Christian (0-0) at 5:15 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 6.

Soccer

“Our team played a strong possession game where we dominated time of possession and play,” coach Terry Swanson said.

Striker Alison Papritz used her speed, according to Swanson, to record a hat trick.

Midfielders Kelly Murname and Lily Farnham each added goals, and centerbacks Maddy Drye and Ashton Helseth both connected from beyond 35 yards.

Kailey Ricketts recorded two assists and was “tenacious as an attacking midfielder,” Swanson said.

Ashley Ricketts, Mallory Drye, Lila McCleary, Juliana Larson and Molly Cobbs all played solid all-around games, according to Swanson, and Chandra Wallace had six shots on goal in her debut as a striker.

While the offense was doing its thing, goalkeeper Nicole Helseth posted the shutout with several key saves.

“This game provided an opportunity for all of our eligible players to have quality time on the field and increase our game-level fitness,” Swanson said. “We were able to work on combination play in our new 4-2-3-1 formation.”

The Falcons will play their home opener at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 8, against Chimacum, 14-4 winners over Forks Tuesday.

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