Lakewood loses to Kings
By TRAVIS SHERER
Arlington Times Sports Reporter
October 9, 2009 · 4:32 PM
LAKEWOOD — Cougars coach Jeremiah Wohlgemuth isn't worried about his girls' 2-0 loss to King's on Oct. 9.
"It's nothing to be concerned about, really," he said.
Ironically, he is more pleased with his team's play in its loss than its 1-0 win over the Knights three weeks ago.
"We actually played better tonight," he said of his team, which outshot King's 15-9. "Just one breakdown defensively cost us."
That breakdown came in the 52nd minute when an initial shot ricocheted from a Lakewood defender leaving a foot race between Olivia Baker and Cougars keeper Miranda Head. Baker beat Head by a step and connected.
Baker's score was the first goal Head and the Cougars' defense has allowed since Sept. 22. They were riding a five-match shutout streak.
"I'm really proud of the way we've played all season," Wohlgemuth said of his team, which is now 7-2 and in a second-place tie with King's.
The second goal came in stoppage time when Wohlgemuth pushed everybody up to try and tie the score in the final minutes. A clear out found its way through the pushed up defense, which lead to a one-on-one and Hillary Zevenbergen putting the match out of reach.
The Cougars were not without their chances to score. A couple of breakaways were just out of reach of attackers and perhaps the best chance occurred when Abbey Burke had a breakaway with just minutes remaining, but was unable to finish.
The Cougars started the week with a 1-0 win over South Whidbey. Head picked up her sixth shutout this season and Maddie Chamberlain scored with a powerful shot from the right side of the box across the mouth into the left side of the net.
With a handful of games remaining, Lakewood has a chance to win the conference, although it will be a difficult task to defeat 9-0 Archbishop Murphy.
"We still can win, but our goal at the start of the season was to be a one or two seed at districts," Wohlgemuth said. "I think we can do that, and maybe our most important game will be against Granite Falls on (Oct. 13)."Contact Arlington Times Sports Reporter Travis Sherer at email@example.com or 360 659-1300 Ext. 5054.