The Mountlake Terrace Hawks and Lynnwood Royals closed out their 2019 girls soccer season with a Wesco League match played Tuesday at Lynnwood High School. The Royals came away as the game winners with a 3-1 victory over the Hawks.
Mountlake Terrace freshman Sierra Sonko tended goal for the first 60 minutes of the match, but donned a field jersey for the final 20 — and scored the Hawks’ lone goal on a volley off a 70th-minute Veronica Gomez corner kick. The goal cut the Royals’ lead to 2-1, but that was as close as the Hawks would get as Bayley Roberts scored Lynnwood’s final goal in the 75th minute on a penalty kick.
The Royals had gotten on the scoreboard first in the 28th minute when Maya Dembel gathered in a short goal kick, raced into the 18-yard box with the ball and fired a shot past Sonko from about 15 yards out.
The Royals’ extended their lead to 2-0 just 10 minutes into the second half. Senior Emily Whybark scored on a rebound as the ball come directly to her after Roberts had fired a long-range shot that hit the crossbar and bounced back out in front of the Terrace goal.
It was just Whybark’s second goal of the season and it brought a big smile to the face of the midfielder. “It was amazing; it felt so great,” she said after the final whistle.
Whybark was one of five Royals’ seniors honored before the game; the Senior Night festivities got her and the rest of her team motivated for the game itself, Whybark said.
“We came out there pumped,” she stated. “We knew it was our last game – we were all happy and excited.”
Terrace played without their two seniors, Avery Coleman and Taitumn Simbulan, and a host of others on the squad, all out with injuries.
Despite the loss, Terrace Coach Alvin Little was upbeat as he reflected on the Hawks’ 2019 season that brought only one win in 16 matches. “”My girls never quit on me,” Little said. “And when they play hurt and injured for you and they play their hearts out despite the record, myself as a coach I have nothing but the utmost love and respect for those young women.”
In other Mountlake Terrace sports on Tuesday, the Hawks’ volleyball team won its third match in its last five outings with a 3-2 victory over the Shorewood Thunderbirds in a contest played at Mountlake Terrace High School. The win strengthen the Hawks’ chances of earning a berth in the District 1/2 2A Volleyball Tournament in November.
Terrace has one game remaining in their regular season schedule, a matchup against the Lynnwood Royals on Wednesday, Oct. 30, at Lynnwood High School.
Prep Girls Soccer: Lynnwood at Mountlake Terrace, Oct. 29
Lynnwood 1 2 — 3
Terrace 0 1 — 1
— Maya Kembel (Lynnwood) in the 28th minute
— Emily Whybark (Lynnwood) in the 50th minute
— Sierra Sonko (Mountlake Terrace) in the 70th minute
— Bayley Roberts (Lynnwood) in the 75th minute (penalty kick)
— Lynnwood, 14
— Mountlake Terrace, 8
— Isabella Shields (Lynnwood), 4
— Sierra Sonko (Mountlake Terrace), 7
— Laraine Sims (Mountlake Terrace), 1
— Lynnwood, 1
— Mountlake Terrace, 4
— Bailey Sonko (Mountlake Terrace) in the 74th minute
— Taejah Hardeman (Lynnwood) in the 77th minute
Records: Mountlake Terrace 0-12-2 in 2A/3A Wesco League, 1-13-2 overall; Lynnwood 3-11-0 in 2A/3A Wesco League, 3-13-0 overall
Mountlake Terrace next match: 2019 season completed
Prep Volleyball: Shorewood at Mountlake Terrace, Oct. 29
Mountlake Terrace 3 – Shorewood 2
Records: Mountlake Terrace 3-10 in 2A/3A Wesco League, 3-11 overall; Shorewood 2-10 in 2A/3A Wesco League, 2-11 overall
Mountlake Terrace next match: versus Lynnwood; Wednesday, Oct. 30; 7 p.m. at Lynnwood High School
— By Doug Petrowski