The Wolverines bid fond farewell to the month of September by not only avenging their only loss in league play, but by holding their biggest league rival scoreless as well, shutting out La Conner at home Tuesday, Sept. 30, in a decisive 2-0 victory.
With the win, the Friday Harbor girls soccer team tallied victory No. 4 in its last five matches, as well as its fourth consecutive win in league play, and also evened its three-game regular season series against the Braves at one game apiece. The Wolverines, who dropped a 2-1 decision at La Conner in the second game of the season, were determined to settle the score.
“I was nervous all day before the game because I really wanted to beat La Conner,” said senior Courtney Bell, who drilled a loose ball into the back of the net with about four minutes remaining in the opening half to give the Wolverines the lead and all the point they would need to pocket the win. “It all happened so fast it was kind of a blur, but I was so excited to get the goal. I think I may have started to cry.”
The Wolverines (4-1 league, 5-4 overall) held the Braves without a goal over 80 minutes of play to post their fourth shutout of the season. They face La Conner on the road Oct. 18 in the deciding match of the regular-season series.
Senior Sydney Wilson pounced on a corner kick and drove it into the net to put the Wolverines out in front by two goals with 29 minutes left in regulation. Goalkeeper gobbled up the few shots-on-goal the Braves were able to muster down the stretch to seal the win.
“We’ve been working a lot in practice on crashing the goal off the corner kicks,” Wilson said. “I think we’re finally starting to ‘get it’ in the games with our passing and moving the ball around.”
Friday Harbor travels to Concrete Tuesday, Oct. 7, and is home to face Mount Vernon Christian Thursday, Oct. 9; game time is 4:30 p.m.