In this edition of “The Full 80,” a look at Woodinville’s return to prominence under coach Nathan Davis.
Falcons figuring out how to win again
The winning culture created by Nathan Davis in his third year coaching the Woodinville High School girls soccer team appears to be taking hold.
And, the Falcons look as though they have returned to prominence.
The Falcons went 4-9-1 in his first season in the fall of 2012 and now the program is working toward a second winning season.
Woodinville is off to a 6-0-0 start this fall after going 11-5-1 and reaching district play last fall. The team is currently ranked No. 10 in Class 4A.
This is the positive turn Davis was hoping for after moving from coaching boys and girls soccer for six years at Shorewood.
“I think really this year what it’s coming down to is the girls buying into one goal and working to do whatever it takes to achieve that goal,” said Davis. “One of things I wanted to do was carry over some of the traditions, but I also wanted to switch it up a little bit.
“I wanted to make the program a little more serious. It took about a year to get some of the kids to buy in, and I think this year that confidence is there.”
It could be the wrong year for the Woodinville rise with nationally ranked Issaquah and Skyline continuing to thrive at a high level. Add in Mount Si, which moved from KingCo 3A/2A to KingCo 4A, with a change in classification and the KingCo 4A mountain looks to be a more difficult climb.
“Our league, unfortunately since we lost the Seattle schools, now only gets two teams off to the state tournament,” Davis said. “So, realistically what I think is best league in the state, gets tougher. I’d like to think we’re in the running for that group [of four teams] for those spots.”
The Falcons have outscored their six opponents 19-3 with shutouts from senior goalkeeper Emma Vercelli.
Senior midfielder/forward Keagan Bolibol leads the team with five goals and four assists. Another senior midfielder/forward Kelly Wucherer has put up four goals and four assists.
Woodinville last reached state in 2010 after finishing second in Class 4A in 2008 after falling to Skyline 2-0 in the 4A title match that season. The Falcons won the 4A crown in 2006 beating Stanwood 1-0 and took third in 2007. They were fourth in 2001.
The Falcons have 11 seniors driving them toward success again.
“We have a group that’s very motivated,” Davis said.
Around the Area
One team from Washington state – defending Class 4A state champion Central Valley of Spokane at No. 18 – remained in the Top 25 of the national rankings from National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA). Below is the NSCAA’s opening Sept. 16 poll:
Four teams from Washington are in NSCAA’s Region VI Top-15 poll, led by Central Valley of Spokane at No. 4 and followed by Skyline of Sammamish at No. 9, Issaquah at No. 11 and Kentridge tied at No. 15. The link below is for the Region VI, which came out Sept. 16:
Three teams from Washington state – Kentridge at No. 15, Skyline of Sammamish at No. 21 and Issaquah at No. 25 – remain in the Fall FAB 50 High School Girls Soccer Rankings from Sept. 16 put out by www.topdrawersoccer.com :